“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” (Luke 10:23)
Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and with joy in his heart, praised God for hiding things from the wise and learned and revealing them to mere children. If you read the Scripture verses just before the actual Gospel passage of today, you will realize the connection which follows from the return of the seventy-(two), who were sent on a successful mission of driving out demons and healing the sick. On their return, these disciples were filled with gladness and so was Jesus who gave them the power to defeat the work of the evil one. He did not choose learned men to carry out this task but simple fishermen, and a tax-collector. They were humble and open to the work of God and the teachings of Jesus. They obeyed what the Lord had asked them to do, without questioning or doubting, just as a child obeys his parents or a student his master.
Jesus blessed his disciples by saying, “happy the eyes that see what you see, for many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear what you hear, and never heard it.” Indeed the disciples were blessed to be in the presence of the Messiah. They were so privileged to hear his voice, to be able to touch him and talk to him as a friend would. It was such a blessing to have had the One who protects, heals and comforts always by their side. No doubt, those three years with the Lord must have been the best years of their lives!
When you learn to trust and obey God, you enter into a deeper, personal relationship with him, one that is more fulfilling than any other. However if you hold on to pride, ego, unforgiveness or any kind of prejudice, working for the kingdom of God will be very difficult. You cannot do the Lord’s work and at the same time hold a grudge in your heart. God blesses those who come to him with humility and with a childlike innocence. Our heavenly Father wishes to reveal his majesty to everyone but it is our own closed attitude that prevents us from knowing and seeing how awesome he really is. He waits anxiously for us to come to him with our needs, our desires, our thoughts, our fears and struggles. Don’t delay in coming closer to this awesome God, confess your sins today, tell him what hardens your heart, he will forgive you and reveal himself to you and you will be indeed blessed.
“Heavenly Father, we are nothing without you, all that we possess belongs to you. Lord, help us to be open to your word and recognize your voice when you speak.”