Disciples are called to look at the world and everyday life with new eyes… eyes that see people and things through the lenses of compassion and love. To be a true follower of Christ means that we desire to live and act as Jesus would.
This is a very challenging way to live.
The Gospel story of the man born blind invites us to examine the corners of our lives and our world that we’re not too excited to see on a regular basis. Like Bartimaeus, we too have been blind since birth to all those things we do that separate us from God. If we drink just a little sip of courage and own up to the things we would like to change about ourselves, there will come a moment of conversion that aligns us again with the One-We-Seek… God.
If we truly want to see God, then we must also see ourselves… in all our good and in our not-so-good. Imagine Bartimaeus experiencing the sensation of light for the first time. Imagine that the first thing he ever saw was the face of Jesus. Could we too see those again as if for the first time?