In today’s Gospel reading from St. Luke, a blind man begs for Jesus to have pity on him. Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the man answers, “Lord, please let me see.”
As I sat with that prayer, “Lord, please let me see,” I heard/felt/sensed Jesus ask me, “What do you want to see?”
A two-fold answer sprang immediately to my mind. Lord, I want to see you in everything and everyone, was the first part of my response. Not just in the things in which it is easy to see God – a beautiful sunset, a beautiful mountain view – but in everything, including the places it is most difficult to recognize the presence of God. I prayed to see the presence of God in everything.
Lord, let me see the needs of others, was the second part of my prayer. Let me see their needs and see how I can help meet that need. Let me really see them.
Seeing both – seeing God in everything and seeing where others have needs I can meet – require mindfulness. Seeing requires that I take time to look. It requires that I am not so distracted by a million things on my mind and a laundry list of things to do that I can’t really see what it there. So I can pray to God to see, but I also have a hand in creating the conditions that allow me to do so.