Eyes That See

Eyes are more than mere receivers of light. With our eyes we may express the light of divine Love. But the expressing and receiving functions are inseparable. Neither is physical; both are mental.

Christ Jesus implied the mental and spiritual function of eyes when he said to the disciples (Mark 8:18), "Having eyes, see ye not?" He was scolding them not because of the failure of material vision but because of their failure to perceive the significance of the feeding of four thousand people with seven loaves of bread and a few fishes. Although they witnessed this, they were now concerned because they had only one loaf of bread with them in the ship.

How did Jesus want his disciples to use their eyes? Surely they saw the hungry multitude. Their eyes beheld the breaking of bread and its distribution and the gathering up of fragments that remained, seven basketfuls. But they did not see what Jesus hoped they would see. They did not see what was really there and what really happened.

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