“But Now I See:” Sally, who was blind, told her boyfriend, “If I could only see the world, I would marry you.” Then one day, someone donated their eyes to her. With new eyes, she saw Mark for the first time and was shocked to realize that he, too, was blind. “Now will you marry me?” Mark asked. But because of his blindness, Sally refused. Days later, she received a note: “Dear Sally, take good care of your eyes. Before they were yours, they were mine.”
Now, although this is just a story, it’s pretty obvious who acted like more Christ and who did not; who can now see and who is the one who has really become blind. Sometimes in life our eyes are opened to who some people are. Some, we realize, can never ‘see’ beyond themselves and so we are the one who is ignored or is left behind. While others may surprise us at the hidden but holy life they lead, the good things they do, the sacrifices they make for others. We just never saw it! In our spiritual life and Lenten journey we should always try to be careful as to how we ‘see.” Seeing clearly can be a challenge for anyone as we tend to get preoccupied with our own busy life and fail to look around at others or become aware to the presence of God among us. In many ways, Jesus has given us his eyes to see. How do we respond to that?
Our celebrations during Holy Week can help widen our vision and help us see what Jesus has done for us, how he sacrificed his life, shed his blood, poured out his strength, forgiven our sin, and spent his life that we might ‘see’ the Father’s love. The question is: Are we willing to ‘see’ and forego our own busy schedules and take time to walk with our Lord starting with Palm Sunday, then Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and finally to Easter Sunday and new life? At this time, I encourage everyone to check our bulletin for Mass times, Services and Schedules. “Lord, give me eyes that I may see!” Peace,
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
(***Please note a correction: Holy Thursday Mass will be at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter. The rest of the schedule is correct.)