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"Blessed are the Eyes that Have Seen"

(Tuesday of the First Week of Advent)

About a month ago, I came to the decision, that, in order for me to achieve a deeper sense of peace and calm on a day to day basis, I needed to get up earlier. Like many people, I was already getting up early. Now, however, I’m adding an extra hour to an hour-and-a-half to my morning. The routine is usually the same. After I’m up and moving, I make coffee. I take my puppy outside and go for a good walk. Many mornings lately, it has been cold and some days damp and foggy. As the minutes progress, the sun comes up and the dreariness goes away. My morning prayer time is better now. On some mornings I move a little slower, especially if the day before ended late. Most days, however, I have a deeper sense of calm and clarity of thought.

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells his disciples, “...blessed are the eyes that see what you see...” This didn’t mean that they were more important than others or that a relationship with Jesus was meant for only a select few. It was a reminder that their perspective had shifted and their vision broadened. This happened, in part, because they consciously left things behind and made the journey with him.

As followers of Christ we are called to a embrace a certain type of vision. It’s a vision that helps us to see beyond the fog and the dreariness, beyond those things that tempt us to be people of division rather than charity. It’s a type of vision that we need on a daily basis in order to live life and be happy. In order for this to happen, though, we need to consciously “leave certain things behind.” Prophets and kings, as Jesus says, longed to hear and see what the disciples heard and saw, but something got in the way. They were blinded, their vision, at least, blurred.

What can you do to see and hear God more clearly each day?