My mom had Alzheimer’s. For the most part, she recognized my siblings and me as people she knew and trusted, not her children. I recall visiting her about a week before her death, and for a moment, she was completely lucid, her mind and eyes opened long enough to greet me by name, asking how her granddaughters were and to be sure to say hello to them and my husband. The moment was gone in a flash but never forgotten in my heart.
In the first reading today, Tobiah opens the eyes of his father, Tobit, who was blinded by cataracts. Tobiah takes fish gall and smears it over his father’s eyes. Tobit’s eyes are opened, and he exclaimed, I can see you, son, the light of my eyes!
Throughout scripture, there are examples of people’s eyes being opened to the face of God. In Mark, the blind man at Bethsaida and in Luke, Cleopas and his companion, traveling to Emmaus. They come across Jesus, blinded to recognizing him. In the simple act of breaking and sharing bread, their eyes are opened.
How often are we blinded to the face of God in ourselves and others? Mother Theresa saw the face of God in the poorest of creation. She once said: Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; this is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world—seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.
Every time we open and proclaim the scriptures and receive the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, we come face to face with the risen Lord.
Do you see him?
Let Us Pray:
The Lord gives sight to the blind. The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the just. The Lord protects strangers. Praise the Lord, my soul! Amen. (Psalm 146: 8-9a).
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