Eyes of the soul

5172207_swiatlo-i-mrokToday’s Gospel (Matthew 6:19-23) speaks of light and of treasure. It also says that we can look at the world in such a way, that instead of light and treasure we see only darkness. And “if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be!”.

Listening to the Word today, I had the feeling that the same thought is coming back to me over again – that my whole life, happiness, my everyday matters… depend only on my way of seeing. There is nothing objective, which could decided about my fate. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness” If our soul is sick and it starts looking at the world, something will always go wrong, we will always see evil, failures, fatigue, sadness and grayness around. However, if our soul is healthy and we are in constant contact with God, in exactly the same reality we will be able to find joy, hope, strength and the taste of Heaven. And even more – when we finish our earthly journey, we will be judged precisely by the light we let into our hearts, because “this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.(John 3:19)

But how to achieve this? How to see in a proper way? The answer is simple, of course – see like God. Looking with His eyes means to see the good in the worst man, to look for hope in the most hopeless situation, to immediately forgive, to be the first to reach out for agreement, not to expect that the world will be perfect, because it is still under construction and to be ready to give your life for love, believing there is a deep meaning to that. In addition, we must constantly learn to look from the perspective of eternity. What might today be our greatest tragedy, seeming to be the end of the world, in the perspective of eternity is a meaningless speck on the map of our lives. Let us remember that from a distance, we can illuminate much more of our path, and that Someone who loves us is watching over our every step. If we simply wipe the eyes of our soul, suddenly the sun comes out in the most rainy day.

About s. Ewa Bartosiewicz RSCJ

I am a religious sister from the Society of the Sacred Heart in Poland. In June 2015 I have made my first vows and started work in Gdynia as a catechist. Now I live in Poznań and am responsible for the Vocation Ministry.
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