As kids on a family car trip in the hot summer, we loved the optical illusion of a pool across the road ahead of us. We knew, logically, the road was dry but still thrilled at the possibility the car would be immersed when it “got there.” Learning to see is a fascinating and lifelong work, even physically. Spiritually, it’s key. Jesus tells us it’s a matter of purifying the heart (sixth beatitude).
In today’s wonderful story of Jesus meeting Nathanael, John the Evangelist describes how Jesus “saw” Nathanael long before he beheld him with his physical eyes. Jesus sees into our hearts and knows us as we really are. As with Nathanael, we might find this news unsettling. But since Jesus’ heart is completely pure, and he sees with the vision of God, we need not fear his gaze. Rather, we can let it purify us so that we, too, can come to see the dazzling splendor of things as they really are.
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