A couple of weeks ago I got new glasses – nice frames and lenses that look and feel good, in my less than humble opinion. But as I tried to read, work on my computer and drive in the dusk they seemed fuzzy – not super bad but distracting.Read More
June 17, 2019
Then Jesus told them, ‘You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.’ (John 12:35-36 NIV))
A couple of weeks ago I got new glasses – nice frames and lenses that look and feel good, in my less than humble opinion. But as I tried to read, work on my computer and drive in the dusk they seemed fuzzy – not super bad but distracting.
My friendly optometrist had strengthened the prescription according to the readings on the various devices I submitted to at my appointment – but the readings didn’t work in practice. We resorted to checking my vision with hand held lenses and adjusting my glasses accordingly. They now still look good but now I actually see clearly.
We can have vision that is just slightly inaccurate as we view our world, as we try to understand the pain or failures of others and perhaps over value our own ability to clearly see what is right and wrong.
I use today’s prayer regularly with my retreats and I love the line “but that in your light we may see light clearly”. On a recent one day retreat at our place one of the guys focused on it for his personal time – and it was life giving.
Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you; grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness from doing it; but that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find our perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Augustine: 354-430)
Last week I referred to Mary and the mourners crying, “Come and see where we have buried my brother”. This past week we have had one profound and powerful cry to “come and see” from The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Read More
Recently on a retreat with some friends we were praying the story of Lazarus’ death and Jesus’ miraculously restoring him to life. Jesus is late getting to the scene and the sisters Mary and Martha are grieving and a bit ticked that he is late.Read More
Last week I mentioned that Jesus got into a heated exchange that is very similar to our current toxic public discourse. There was no Twitter to poison the well but the behaviour of power and mobs was the same as our angry, crazy social media reactions to so many issues.Read More