A Living “Eye-con” of Jesus

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/09/2015

in Easter

Second Sunday of Easter – Sunday of Divine Mercy – Cycle B
April 12, 2015

“His mercy endures forever.”
(Psalms 118, 20:19-31)

A Living “Eye-con” of Jesus

In my eyes the mystery of the Mercy shown by Jesus is incomprehensible!
In fact, after pondering the hundreds of times Mercy is found in scriptures, I think I shall never fully understand its meaning!

I began wonder if Jesus had some sort of eye defect.
Was he far-sighted, near-sighted, blind-sighted or maybe hind-sighted?
How was it that Jesus had the ability to look beyond sinfulness and not pass judgment? Jesus missioned to judge humanity, knowing the weakness of humans, chose not to pass judgment upon us who in justice need to be judged? What was Jesus’ motive for choosing to be a living icon of Mercy.

It is we poor mortals that have an eye defect. In our nearsightedness we need to read, memorize and live the words of scripture on: judgment and mercy.

Loving God, grace me with Mercy glasses. Let me see clearly so I may practice with realization that I am not missioned to be a judge of humanity. Jesus is. I truly want to be a “living icon of Jesus.” May my days be filled with mercy, love and compassion. Amen.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What is it that makes us judge other?
  2. When do you find yourself judging rather than being merciful?
  3. Whom are you judging most frequently?
  4. Where will you find help in getting over this behavior?
  5. What are some actions you can take to become the icon of Jesus?
  6. Who in your life experiences became an icon of Jesus for you?

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Gia April 9, 2015 at 8:06 am

This is very deep!
Thank you for sharing this. I find myself being judgemental at times and I need to be more Christ-like. I get blinded along the way when my focus should be on Jesus.
I love this, Sr Julie!! May the Holy Spirit continue to broaden your view of the ‘true’ optician, Our Lord! Amen!! Alleluia!!

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Valerie Pinney April 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm

This makes me ask more questions. Perhaps judging others means I am looking down on them. Maybe I do this because I have such poor self esteem. Maybe I am comparing myself to others. Never a good idea.
Sometimes I am the toughest judge of me. Jesus doesn’t want that! I am sure He doesn’t want me being tough on anyone else either!

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