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The Eyes Reveal

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye isgood, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye isbad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 6:22-23

Nothing more than the eyes can reveal what hides the heart or the mind, and that is why I have always heard it said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, just as the master Jesus warned: "The lamp of the body is the eye". The experience of the covid and the constant use of the protective mask, has concentrated, albeit limiting, the vision of the other exclusively in the eyes. Unfortunately, I was deeply saddened to notice dull gazes, no longer clear, but which reveal the enormous effort to conceal heavy or uncomfortable truths. Many others, on the other hand, reveal a condition that needs care, healing, liberation. How is it possible to remain indifferent or turn elsewhere in full priestly style in the parable of the Good Samaritan? I tremble at the thought of seeing something that others do not see. So I hope it is a cry of alarm from the Spirit. I certainly believe that Scripture retains all its ability to strip us spiritually, beyond our lack of awareness or willed inability. How to react to the words addressed to the angel of the church of Laodicea? ''Because you say,‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).


The story of the naked king is symptomatic of all this. I'll tell you in short. A king loved to dress so much that he squandered huge resources in clothing, caring neither for his soldiers nor for the people. In his reign, one day two alleged tailors arrived who claimed to possess a formidable fabric, as thin and light as "spider web". The fabric had the particularity of not being visible to those who were not up to his post and to stupid people. Convinced that with such a suit he could discern between the foolish and the intelligent in his kingdom, he decided that the cloth should be woven for him. So he paid the two swindlers a lot of money, so that they could make a suit for him. Word soon spread of the extraordinary power of the fabric and everyone was eager to see it. Those who had the opportunity to view it did not believe his eyes and exclaimed: “Splendid! Extremely beautiful!". Even the king fell into the ignoble pantomime. How to admit that he saw nothing? Better to indulge until wearing it to the public parade, where he paraded without clothes through the streets of the city, in front of a crowd of cheering citizens who loudly praised its elegance, while seeing nothing: they secretly felt guilty of unconfessed unworthiness. It was a child who broke the spell, shouting innocently: "The king is naked!". Nonetheless, the sovereign continued undaunted to parade as if nothing had happened.


Who knows if you have ever met scammers who have dressed you in their malfeasance, or have allowed yourself to be duped and led into paths of iniquity, to the point of rolling in the mud of sin. You may have been able to weave embroideries of falsehood and lies with your own hands. The truth that is difficult to admit is that sin (in all its forms) strips us, manifests our nakedness as it did for Adam and Eve in the Eden of Genesis. The drama is to want to be treated like the king, deceived and deluded in order not to admit one's weaknesses, rather than hide. Since I am not a weaver of lies, I try to wake up those who have not noticed that they are naked. I have no intention of ridiculing anyone, I just want you to let yourself be clothed in the love of God, who comes to look for you at nightfall. The father of the prodigal son concretely manifests the divine intent, embracing the son whom he considered lost, he said to his servants: "Bring the most beautiful garment here and put on him, put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet". love Our eyes reveal our true condition.



 

Weekly Bible Reading

Plan #28

July 04, Job 28-29; Acts 13:1-25

July 05, Job 30-31; Acts 13:26-52

July 06, Job 32-33; Acts 14

July 07, Job 34-35; Acts 15:1-21

July 08, Job 36-37; Acts 15:22-41

July 09, Job 38-40; Acts 16:1-21

July 10, Job 41-42; Acts 16:22-40



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