As Yogi Berra stated ” Sometimes you can see a whole lot of things just by looking.”
I’m fortunate that my eye sight is pretty darn good for an aging 57 yr old. And yes, Yogi is correct in his statement above. But lets take a moment and look at the healing of Bartimaeus on that dusty roadside in Jericho long ago. Bartimaeus was hell-bent on getting the attention of Jesus even as he was told to be quiet. When Jesus finally recognized him, they told Bartimaeus ” Take Courage and stand up.”- Mark 10:49. “Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.” -Mark 10:50
Approaching Jesus, Bartimaeus was asked ” What do you want Me to do for you.” – Mark 10:51
Bartimaeus replies, ” I want to regain my sight!” Mark 10:51. Sight restored and with clear vision, Bartimaeus did not go on his way as Jesus commanded but remained with Jesus and followed him.
I recently asked Jesus in prayer to restore my sight. Like the blind man I called out to Jesus many times. Even though I was told to be silent by the static and noise in my daily life, I continued to pray and ask for the grace of sight. One day the Holy Spirit began to move inside me and I responded with the same excitement as Bartimaeus. The Holy Spirit was preparing me for another round of Saint Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises. A 36 week adventure reading scripture, reflecting on Jesus in everyday life and most importantly allowing me the opportunity to get more intimate with Jesus.
Physically we can all see. But what we need is more prayer time with Jesus. Asking for the grace to open our eyes, so we can see more deeply into His mystery. It is easy to see life on the surface, but what’s beneath is not as clear.
G.K. Chesterton once said “familiarity is the greatest of all illusions and that the secret of life is to learn to look at things familiar until they look unfamiliar again. We open our eyes to depth when we open ourselves to wonder.”
As I embark on this Ignatian journey once more, I place myself at the foot of cross and begin my colloquy, asking:
What have I done for Christ?
What am I doing for Christ?
What ought I do for Christ?
-Week One Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola-Meditation on sin