“Immediately it was as though scales fell away from Saul’s eyes
and he could see again.”
“It is very simple:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye. …
It is very simple:
one sees well only with the heart.
The essential is invisible to the eyes.”
“The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.”
The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint Exupéry
(also available on Netflix)
It’s the first day of a new month, May, known to many of us as the Month of Our Lady. (Encyclical Mense Maio)
The first day of May is also a traditional festival marking the return of spring, (which might make sense if you live in the Northern Hemisphere), the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and the day of the Mayday military parades.
Perhaps the first day of a new month can be a day for a renewed resolve to be free of the scales that cover our eyes, the blinkers that narrow our vision, the lenses that we adopt in an attempt to hide from reality.
In these weeks we have been brought to our knees not by the might of a military invader, but by a reality that is invisible to the eye, a virus.
- As we begin this new month let’s not be afraid to set aside our limited vision. Let’s discard the lenses that do not serve us well. Let us pray that we can see reality as it is so that that in these circumstances we can encounter the reality of Jesus as he really is.
- This month you might like to join Pope Francis who has invited people to pray the Rosary every day of this month of May for an end to the pandemic. More info at this link.
Lectio Divina for today, Fifth Sunday of Easter.