Jesus said to his disciples, “Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Matt. 13:16-17
Eyes and ears no doubt are most vital parts of our body. Important as they are, they can be ineffective and useless if not harness to its maximum.
Our word for this morning focuses on these two vital instrument in human body.
“Eyes… ears.”- Eyes are made for seeing and ears for hearing. But one may have eyes yet not see, and ears not hear (Mt 13:14-15). Conversely, one may be physically blind and still be highly perceptive or deaf and yet sensitive to everything that is going on around him. It takes an imaginative and open heart to see beyond appearances and to listen to what is unsaid.
Not everyone perceives that Jesus’ coming manifests God’s kingdom. The Pharisees and leaders of the people do not accept Jesus as the Messiah. They see him and his growing popularity only as the threat to their position. But the lowly gratefully receive his good news of salvation (Lk 2:8, 25-36). They are struck with awe by Jesus’ power and glorify God who has given such authority to human beings (Mt 9:8). The disciples of Jesus come to know the mysteries of the kingdom because of their openness to the message he brings and their willingness to see beyond the miracles he performs.
- Take a closer look at each member of your family. Do the same with your closet friend. What do you now see in them that you did not see before?
- “Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17). What do you listen to?
Are you attentive to the word of God, especially at church? Or are your ears more attuned to gossip and negative criticism against others?
- by Bro. Dan Detablan