by Sr. Marie Alice Ostry, ND
Musing on the readings for this Sunday I am struck by the idea that God is asking Samuel to “see” with a different perspective. Samuel is called to “move on” with God’s plan – “Fill your horn of oil and be on your way.” The Gospel of John also calls for the people to “see” as Jesus heals the man born blind. These two themes cause me to shift my “seeing” of what is truly happening around me, in my area of God’s realm. Do I open my eyes to what God is calling me “to be on your way” as God did to Samuel? How is it that I perceive the events of each day?
Jesus calls those around him to “see” beyond the immediate. There is something more to the event. How do I perceive and respond to the daily events which challenge me? Do I see only with my physical sight or is there something more that is present? I know that at times I go through life on “cruise control” with little or no reflection. I miss so much of the beauty and joy of God’s presence and call through those I meet and the encounters with creation.
These Sunday readings challenge me to pause, reflect, and open my eyes – spiritual and physical – to Who and what is calling me to a deeper life.