A Season of Lent: Spiritual Sight

“Not as man sees does God see,
because man sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.” (1 Sam 16: 7b

“Then Jesus said,
“I came into this world for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see,
and those who do see might become blind.” (John 9:39)

“Brothers and sisters:You were once darkness,but now you are light in the Lord.Live as children of light,for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.” (Eph 5:8-9)

Do you and I remember the moment when we began to see the truth? For St. Paul it was the striking moment on the road to Damascus where his spiritual blindness manifests in real blindness while God opens his spiritual eyes before restoring his sight. For many of us the moment God gave us spiritual sight, to have cured our spiritual blindness in order to know the truth may not have been as dramatic but it certainly was something we will never forget…or quite be able to put into words! Yet Chesterton was able to describe this holy moment in such a memorable passage in his book, Orthodoxy.

“I found this projecting feature of Christian theology, like a sort of hard spike, the dogmatic insistence that God was personal, and had made a world separate from Himself. The spike of dogma fitted exactly into the hole in the world–it had evidently been meant to go there– and then the strange thing began to happen. When once these two parts of the two machines had come together, one after another, all the other parts fitted and fell in with an eerie exactitude. I could hear bolt after bolt over all the machinery falling into its place with a kind of click of relief. Having got one part right, all the other parts were repeating that rectitude, as clock after clock strikes noon. Instinct after instinct was answered by doctrine after doctrine. Or, to vary the metaphor, I was like one who had advanced into a hostile country to take one high fortress. And when that fort had fallen the whole country surrendered and turned solid behind me. The whole land was lit up, as it were, back to the first fields of my childhood. All those blind fancies of boyhood which in the fourth chapter I have tried in vain to trace on the darkness, became suddenly transparent and sane.” – G. K. Chesterton, The Flag of The World, Orthodoxy, 1908

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