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Fr Bob Writes – August 14, 2016

Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12)

These words from our second reading this weekend remind me of some wise words of Pope Francis.

“Purifying the eyes!”  I am invited to listen to Jesus, and Jesus manifests himself, and by his transfiguration he invites us to gaze at him.  And looking at Jesus purifies our eyes and prepares them for eternal life, for the vision of heaven.

 Perhaps our eyes are a little sick, because we see so many things that are not of Jesus, things that are even against Jesus: worldly things, things that do not benefit the light of the soul.  And in this way this light is slowly extinguished, and without knowing it we end up in interior darkness, in spiritual darkness, in a darkened faith: darkness, because we are unaccustomed to looking and imagining the things of Jesus”  (March 16th, 2014)

“An authentic faith always involves a profound desire to change the world. Here is the question we must ask ourselves: Do we also have great vision and impetus?  Are we also daring?  Do our dreams fly high ? Does zeal consume us? (cf Psalm  68:10)

Reflection: What are your eyes fixed on? The things that you watch, what do they tell you about your heart?  How can you fix your eyes on Jesus more?  Does what you fix your gaze on inspire you to dream big dreams?  Does zeal consume you?