Sunday, 6 January 2013

Let me see

"Let me see again"
Mark 10:51

Readings
Mark 10:46-52; Mark 8:22-25

John Newton (1725-1807) a former slave trader after his conversion wrote this beautiful song, 'Amazing Grace'. The song contains some of most memorable lines, one of which reads like this.

"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see."

The real conversion is made evident in these lines, I was blind but now I see. It is the 'seeing' that makes real conversion. God insists on us seeing clearly. In the Old Testament, God is persistent on his servants seeing clearly, look at these questions that God poses to his prophets, Jer 1:11; Zec 5:2; Amos 8:2; Ezek 47:6.

It is important that we see things clearly in this present commerce-oriented and ideologies-laden world. Where god(s), spirituality and religion's are being commodified and disparities in social and economic levels leaves us blinding in certain ways of not knowing which is true.

However our perception can be corrected by seeing the image of God (imageo Dei) in the other, that is the real seeing. When we are blinded we see others as 'trees' (Mk 8:22-26), we are insensitive to others. Paul Ricoeur in his book 'Oneself as Another' talks about this seeing the other as ourselves. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ (Mk 12:31). Lets pray to God for this Seeing.

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