I have always been fascinated by eyes: person, animal, insect, it doesn’t matter. I have noticed them on all creatures as I encounter them in my life. Several months ago I called out to a young woman as I was approaching my favorite bakery. We were both masked and she was clearly startled. She replied, “No, that’s my sister’s name. How did you know to ask?” “It’s your beautiful eyes. You have the same eyes.” I hadn’t seen either of these bright adult women in several years as they were my children’s classmates.

The eyes stay in my memory of family and friends, acquaintances and passers by. In the Gospel today Jesus speaks of the eye being the lamp of the body. He tells us that when the eye is good, our whole body is filled with light; if it’s not, the whole body is in darkness. He then cautions, “And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

Open the Eyes of My Heart, by Michael W. Smith and Open My Eyes, by Jesse Manibusan, are songs that ask God for grace and love to see the world with Jesus’ eyes. The artist Akiane (at the age of 8) painted ‘Prince of Peace’, a portrait of Jesus whose eyes seem able to penetrate all time and every viewer.

What do my eyes portray to others? Do I possess a warming light which conveys love or a light which is filled with cold darkness?

O Lord, open my eyes to see you. Allow my eyes to look upon the world as your Son, Jesus Christ did, with love and compassion. I ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit to bring the light of God into my heart, my mind, my work, my community, and throughout all the world. Amen

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Beth Price is part of the customer care team at Diocesan. She is a Secular Franciscan (OFS) and a practicing spiritual director. Beth shares smiles, prayers, laughter, a listening ear and her heart with all of creation. Reach her here bprice@diocesan.com.

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