“The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight and one knowledge and one love.” Meister Eckhardt.
It may seem hard to wrap our brain around this concept, because we are used to seeing God as too apart and distant—beyond, separate. When we turn our attention to God within, we grow in our understanding that our eye is God’s eye, our breath is God’s breath, God’s life is our life. We are one with God; we are one with each other. You are what God has creative to bear God’s life to others. Not only that, but as the spiritual writer Henry Nouwen said, “You find the God you want to give in the person to whom you want to give Him.”
The goal uplifted in the sermon is to focus our spiritual eyes on the goal of devotion. This means to allow the energy of God’s love and joy to be at work in your own soul. This can empower us to reach out to others in new and creative ways. The powerful faith of our heroic ancestors in the reading from the Letter to the Hebrews 11:29-12:2, inspires us us to claim as true what we do not yet see—to look at the empty spaces in the pews and believe that in time they can be filled.
The division that Jesus announces in the Gospel is due to hypocrisy. We pretend that everything is OK because we are afraid to share and face the divisions that exist among us. But as the saying goes, “Things have to get worse before they get better!” The “better” and the “best” come when we have faith.