Open Your Eyes
Have you ever found yourself blind? Maybe not physically blind, but when it comes to your perspective on life, it's easy to become blinded and not see what's really going on when you don't want to. Each of us has that guilty pleasure, where we lie to ourselves, trying to persuade ourselves that it's okay, only temporary. When that happens, we can fall into sin, believing that just because the rest of the world may be attuned to living life a certain way, that God says it's okay for us. For instance, you enjoy eating chocolate, starting to develop a habit of eating a bar or two a day, maybe more, telling yourself it's just a guilty pleasure. Really though, you're eating what isn't necessary, and could be having a healthier diet, so to better benefit your physical, mental and spiritual self. When the world tells us something is okay, we fall short and let ourselves become blinded, forgetting God's will. It's time to break this system and open our eyes to the reality of where we've been blinded and misleading ourselves.
Today's Gospel states: 'And they came to Beth-sa'ida. And some people brought to him a blind man, and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?" And he looked up and said, "I see men; but they look like trees, walking." Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly. And he sent him away to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village"' (Mark 8:22-26).
Today's reading talks about how the blind man regains his sight, and Jesus tells him not to go back to his village. Though the people that brought him to Jesus may have been who he had been surrounded by for most of his life, upon opening his eyes, he was given a new, clear perspective on the world around him, and where he needed to make changes to his life. In the same way, Jesus tells us that we need to recognize where we've become blinded, losing focus on what is God's will for us, and trusting more in the way of the world, being lead astray. Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you open your eyes to where you've been blinded.
Today we pray:
Help me to see where the world may be leading me away from you. Help me to open my eyes and focus on your will.
I pray in your most holy name, Amen.