Jan 01
Extend your gaze
A first spiritual element that “extend the gaze” is in the image of Jesus that the blind man carried. The first requests for help began like this: “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” This is a very common messianic image: the Messiah “should” come from the descendants of David, that is, strong, powerful, glorious. The turning point was: "the blind man approached and Jesus asked: 'What do you want me to do for you?'". Proximity to Jesus reconfigures the blind man's gaze. In fact, the blind man responded: “Lord, I want to see…”. The transition from Jesus as “Son of David” to “Lord” refers not only to a new language, but to a new understanding, a new meaning, a new experience that transformed a lifestyle. The expression “Lord”, much closer to “Father”, to “Master”, is possible from proximity: “he approached”. From then on, new life: “the blind man followed Jesus, glorifying God.”

The necessary step towards a extended vision is to recognize ourselves as “blind”. Extending our vision, begin by perceiving smallness and seeking the same: “Lord, I want to see…”. See more, live more, a human vocation firmly linked to the heart: “blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt 5:8).

Fr. Maicon