A Season of Lent: Spiritual Sight

Only God Lifts the Veil Over Our Eyes So That We Can See The Truth: The Opportunity of Everlasting Life and Real Peace Through the Kingdom…

“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)

And even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.… ( 2 Corinthians 3:16)

Lenten Prayer: Lord God, we praise you and thank you for unblinding our minds and opening our hearts, for hearing our prayers and answering us with the truth.  Your Son is truth. He is the Way you have provided for all who accept Him as Lord to have the hope of everlasting life in His Kingdom and resurrection from death.  It is our greatest joy and hope and we come to you with hearts overflowing with thanksgiving! Ora Pro Nobis

Quid est veritas? This is the question that Pilate asks after Jesus tells him what the truth is. He can’t see the truth and he doesn’t even know what it is.  In today’s terms, he doesn’t believe in an objective truth let alone seeing that the man standing before him is the truth.

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

“When a man really tells the truth, the first truth he tells is that he himself is a liar.”

– G.K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World, 1910

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