Saturday, December 21, 2013

sermon on the mount --clear eyed

A popular saying, “the eyes are the window to the soul” has been attributed to Shakespeare, DiVinci, Milton, Alexander Hamilton, Cicero, Emerson and many others. Jesus alludes to something similar when he suggests “the eye is the lamp of the body.” Some have argued that this means that the eyes betray truth that is in the heart -that somehow by looking into someone's eyes you can gain insight into what they are thinking. I am inclined to disagree. I don't think the eyes tell the world what is in the soul so much as the eyes tell the soul what is in the world, and form the self (body/soul) through what it sees.

Some darkened eyes see only a world of sin, depravity and death, and shape the self into becoming Pharisaic. Other darkened eyes see a world of stuff to be had, and shape the self into becoming pursuers of treasures on earth. May the Lord give us clear eyes to see a world in which all things tell the story of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ so that our soul/bodies may reflect His righteousness.

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