I wonder how many times in our daily lives we are looking with our physical eyes, but not seeing with our spiritual eyes? How many times have we not recognized God’s presence in a certain moment? Maybe a cute baby is laughing with delight in church, but instead of saying, “It is the Lord!” someone frowns and goes “sh-hhh!”
We live in such a culture of criticism, harsh judgment, and moving too fast that often these are our first reactions. But if we would open our eyes wider, we would see more.
In yoga, they speak of learning to see with “soft eyes”—eyes that are not defensive and quick to anger, but are open, curious, and gently ready to receive new things. If we look around us with “soft eyes,” and move into every situation with that soft openness, just like the apostle John today, we will
soon become aware of Jesus where we least expect him.
We probably give way too little care to our own adult spiritual needs. Do we even know how to hand ourselves over to God, to rest in God on annual retreats? Amazingly, even corporations see the value of retreats these days.
Or maybe see a spiritual director to discuss questions of the soul and heart? Take a little silence most days, to listen to God? How can we tend to the sheep Jesus has given into our care? Whether as teachers, parents, family or friends— YES, God is saying, “Feed my sheep.” Starting with our own bodies and souls.
God has an abundance of love for us to tap into, and distribute to every person, animal, and plant that we touch. Let us become good shepherds of that love, ourselves.
Go in peace to love and serve our God!