Fourth Sunday of Lent
I Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Ephesians 5: 8-14
(Standing up top in sanctuary) Can everyone see me? (Step down on Floor) Can you see me know? Ok, you just passed the physical sight test part of this homily. We all have been blessed with the gift of seeing, may we be grateful to God for our gift of sight. Our readings challenge us to a different seeing, and that is seeing with our hearts. I know asking “to see with our hearts” I probably just lost most of the men because we hear the word “heart” and we immediately think we are talking about feelings and all that goes with that and that is just not our style! Work with me! Seeing with our heart is a God thing! To see with our heart means to see, as God sees, to be open to God leading us, to try and to eliminate all of our blind spots, to be honest with ourselves, and people of integrity and faith.
Let us look at three areas of seeing with our hearts and clearing away our blind spots. How do we see ourselves today? When we see ourselves do we like ourselves or do we dislike ourselves? What part of ourselves do we see that we will not let others see? Why? Is there something we do that we see, that needs to change, but we don’t? Why are we hanging onto this?
When we see with our hearts and see blind spots what do we see when we look at other people? Who are those that we see that we like? Who are the people we see, but we keep them at a distance? Are the blind spots because of race, color of skin, or political agenda?
When we with our hearts and see blind spots, what do we see when we look at God? Do we like God or dislike God? If God sees us for who we are today, why are we not trying to be better, in the eyes of God?
Our first reading would have been a lot shorter if a woman was doing the choosing, but then we would not have this beautiful story of choosing a new king for Israel. Samuel the prophet is sent to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse to choose a king from his sons. Samuel and Jesse are God fearing man, but the problem is they look for a new king as men do, with their physical eyes, and not with their hearts. God does not see any to his liking in the first seven even though seven is a perfect number. Jesse has one more son, who he saw as so insignificant and not worthy of inviting that he left him out in the field. God sees in the heart of David and Samuel anoints him King.
In our second reading, Paul understands what it means to see into his heart and clearing away the blind spots, but it took a bright light and being knocked down to the ground before he did get it. Paul is encouraging us to “see with our hearts” by always walking to the light of Christ and cutting away anything that leads us to darkness.
In our Gospel, we hear about the healing of a blind man. What I love about the story is the blind man does not ask to be healed, it is all Jesus. Jesus is seeing into his heart and heals him of his physical blindness. The man is not sure who healed him, but he slowly begins to see with his heart and comes to know that it was Jesus who healed him.
My friends in Christ, we need to see more clearly with our hearts, the way God sees us, and clear away the blind spots in our lives. Right now we need to see with our hearts, to be able to see simple bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. May we live this week, seeing with our hearts and clear away the blind spots so we may see as God sees and live.