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Turning and Seeing 071311
I’ve often thought that the reality and truth of Jesus and God are just a blink away—that seeing and understanding are available to all, but we learn as we grow to not turn to God, and to not see the truth. Sometimes a young child sees and knows these things, but is taught to forget by the world’s societies.
In Matthew 13, Jesus talks of this. Jesus, by his teaching, his presence and love had opened the eyes of the disciples, but emphasizes that not everyone can see as they see.
Perhaps our role as believers is to learn again to see, with the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Then, we are to help others to see. Perhaps then again we can know that Jesus is right here with us now, completely visible and capable of being heard. We just need to learn to expect Jesus to be visible, and always right here with us, and always speaking to us.
Pray for all our eyes to be open, and our ears to hear.
1It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
3to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
4For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!
6The dullard cannot know, the stupid cannot understand this:
7though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever,
8but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
9For your enemies, O Lord, for your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
10But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil.
11My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.
14In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap,
15showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
23The desire of the righteous ends only in good;
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24Some give freely, yet grow all the richer;
others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.
25A generous person will be enriched,
and one who gives water will get water.
26The people curse those who hold back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of those who sell it.
27Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to the one who searches for it.
28Those who trust in their riches will wither,
but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.
29Those who trouble their households will inherit wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
but violence takes lives away.
10Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 13The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’ 14With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: ‘You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. 15For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn— and I would heal them.’ 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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