Seeing as God sees
In the reading from the book of Samuel, the prophet Samuel is to choose from among Jesse's sons. "God does not see through the outward appearance; the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Sam 16, 6 - 7)
In the gospel, Jesus explicitly states, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
It is hard to proceed with further reflection on light and blindness unless we fully realize we are not the light; that we cannot produce this light no matter how hard we try. We are blind; and only through Jesus that we can see.
As this point in our Lenten preparations, we should be able to see as Jesus sees things. Realize three things:
1. There could not be any source of happiness except in God alone. Let us stop relying on wealth as the source of our happiness.
2. There could not be any fulfillment in this life except in serving Him and doing His will. Let us stop relying on comforts and luxury as the source of our happiness.
3. There could not be any joy except in seeing heaven, God's presence and reign here on earth. Let us stop believing that we can control all things.
We are not the light. But with Jesus we can truly see!