Our redemption in Christ must begin with an honest assessment of our true nature (reconciliation); and then repentance comes through an authentic conversion. Many times, as we plead to the Lord for an intention, we already have in mind how we expect it to be fulfilled. We often forget that God has a better vision of what is around us, and of what we truly need. Most times we are focused on what is immediate to us and it is difficult to give ourselves over to the universal vision of God. “Not as man sees as does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.”
St. Paul tells us that “everything exposed by the light becomes visible.” He is talking about us living in the light of Christ, “for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.” We see more clearly by His light. “One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.”
This Sunday our Psalm is the well known 23rd Psalm; we sing of God leading us and guiding us because the Lord is our shepherd, our King of Love. Those who pretend not to need this salvation are blind⎯to themselves, and to God’s Amazing Grace.
St. Ambrose said, “You have shown Yourself to me, O Christ, face to face. I meet You in Your sacraments.” We meet each other too, when we sing and celebrate together. In Lent we hope to let the scales fall from our eyes⎯to see ourselves as we truly are⎯and to pursue a better vision as we sing joyfully of the Light of the World!