Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!1Jesus
Three days after the crucifixion, two of Jesus’ disciples were dejectedly walking back to their village of Emmaus, despairing about all the horrible events that had just gone down in Jerusalem. As they walked along, Jesus joined them, but they did not recognize him. As they talked, Jesus reminded them of all the scriptures that had foretold what had just transpired. They were impressed with the stranger’s intellect and really liked him, so they asked him to stay with them. At dinner, Jesus simply broke open a piece of bread, and they instantly they recognized him! He immediately disappeared, leaving them stunned and ecstatic, remembering only then how their hearts had been burning when he talked.2 The eyes of their hearts had opened, and the light was flooding in.
Jesus came to invite all of us who have been living in darkness to open to the light. The light to which Jesus calls us is the light whose radiance shines forth from our center, a center totally immersed in the beauty and the wonder of God. “This light illuminates the eyes of our imagination, flooding us with light until we experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is the wealth of God’s glorious inheritance.” 3
Remember, there is only one persistent demand made upon us by the Spirit: to be receptive to the Light—to the possibility of God with and within us. There are so many distractions and dogmas competing for our attention though, that it is just easier to stay where we are. Never, ever pull the shades on the windows of your soul. Never allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Awaken out of the static places you have become inured to and open into the ecstasy of new light.
The light that comes into our lives wakes us up to the reality that it is already there. As the light grows in us, gradually etching its way through our pain and suffering, manifesting itself through flashes of insight, we become aware that this light is connecting us in a much deeper way to God, to others, and to our true self. The light has a voice that speaks life and gentle forgiveness to us. The light has hands that hold and heal us from our past sorrows. The light has a name: Jesus, son of Mary, radiance of God.
The persistent yearning that sweeps us all is a yearning to see and be seen as we are and loved. When the wave of this yearning swells in our hearts and its crest is infused by wondrous light, all our barriers are pushed aside—beauty awakens within us. A momentous reality of God trembles through our veins, opening a glimpse of the Eternal. God answers with love our trembling awes.
photo credit: Jenny Miller @wild_caravan_of_unruly_saints