Seeing Through New Eyes

– 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time –

‘And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and it remained on him.  I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”’  [John 1:32-34]

In today’s gospel, John the Baptist speaks about the moment that he realised who Jesus was. How insane would it have been to have known someone your whole life, and then to suddenly see them in a new light as God’s Chosen One? John had been baptising, preparing the way for someone who to his surprise was revealed to be Jesus. He was seeing him through new eyes.

What would happen to our relationships if we, all of a sudden, looked at each other and could see in detail, just who God created each of us to be, – what love, promise and calling he has poured into each one of us.

As we reflect on this scripture, let us remember that while we are not God’s Chosen One, we have all been chosen and formed in His image. Imagine the hope and love that we would experience if we saw each other in the light of this truth, instead of so many other unconscious observations and judgments we make about each other. May the God who loves us continue to give us eyes to see Him in each person.


By Melinda Zakikhani

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