ENLIGHTENED HEARTS: Seeing into the Life of Things
May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened
“While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.”[i]
We are now ready for the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our hearts to make them quiet through the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, that we may see into the life of things; into the life and actions of our Master! We desire to encounter his life-giving love and mercy in a way that will redeem our deepest aspirations and resonate clearly with who we truly are. We come willing to surrender our private and self-constructed worlds in order that the way of Jesus, that is revealed in this gospel account, which seem so impossible to us, now becomes possible.
We are encouraged to look deeper “into the life of things”: into the life which flows through Jesus’ responses in our gospel passage, where he refuses to judge or condemn any of the participants, but rather to liberate them, to reveal their value and beauty as human beings and as children of the Father, and to lead them to ever deepening relationship.
[i] Lines from the poem, “On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July 13, 1798,” William Wordsworth, Poetical Works, 163.