Friday, 11 September 2015

Capacity to see God

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.157)

 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 6:39-42
 Jesus told a parable to the disciples, ‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher.

Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye”, when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite!

Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.’

The 2nd Century, Bishop Theophilus of Antioch in a letter said the following:
'God is seen by those who have the capacity to see him, provided that they keep the eyes of their mind open. All have eyes, but some have eyes that are shrouded in darkness, unable to see the light of the sun. Because the blind cannot see it, it does not follow that the sun does not shine. The blind must trace the cause back to themselves and their eyes.

In the same way, you have eyes in your mind that are shrouded in darkness because of your sins and evil deeds. No one who has sin within him can see God. But if you will you can be healed. Hand yourself over to the doctor, and he will open the eyes of your mind and heart. Who is to be the doctor? It is God, who heals and gives life through his Word and wisdom…. If you understand this, and live in purity and holiness and justice, you may see God.'

All of us are called to continual growth and ongoing conversion. We embrace growth and move from blindness into sight by lives of faithful prayer, sacraments, fellowship and service, especially service of the poor.

There will be times when we want to cling to the ways of the world and the pressure of our peers. We will be tempted in pride to assert that we know better than God and to do it “our way”. That is the first plank to be removed from our eyes.

There will be times when we are afraid – afraid of losing acclaim, acceptance, wealth, prestige, and even what we mistake for love – and we will be tempted to reject Jesus the Light of the World.

God is always offering us the grace of ongoing conversion. This grace goes before us and is within each one us through Baptism.

Say yes to the grace of your Baptism today. Say yes to the clear sight through the grace of moving out of darkness and into God’s wonderful healing light.

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Malcolm Davies

Next Reflection: Susanne Timpani Sunday 13th September, 2015