March 1: You Can’t See for Looking!

Updated: Apr 1

Monday of the Second Week in Lent

March 1, 2021

That’s a phrase my mom would use whenever I could not find something that should have been obviously visible.

In trying to use my sense of sight to rediscover Jesus, I was led to ask the questions; what am I looking for that is preventing me from seeing? Am I looking for someone to believe what I believe or act the way I act?

Maybe I am looking for someone to agree with me or tell me what I want to hear. It could be that I am looking to be right or for someone to provide affirmation, justification, or acknowledgment. Or, do I simply find comfort in the darkness that prevents me from really seeing myself?

In Matthew 6:22, Jesus says that the eye is the lamp of the body. And, William Shakespeare once said that the eyes are the window to your soul. I believe both are trying to say that our eyes are the entrance to our heart, and that what we see or how we see the world is a direct reflection of the condition of our heart.

Is your heart open, loving, patient, caring, and full of the light of Christ? Or is it selfish, judgmental, closed, and dark?

Lord, open the eyes of our heart. Despite any discomfort, help us to see You so that we can see the You in ourselves and in others.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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