Monday, May 19, 2008

Daily Office Reflection: What We Hear and See

Psalms 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Proverbs 3: 11-20; 1John 3:18-4:6; Matthew 11:1-6

Being away on family business the last few days, at a place where (believe it or not) there is no internet connectivity, forced me to remember how much for granted I take this "virtual" world of the internet. I remember clearly the pre-internet days and its slow and creeping development and interweaving into our lives over the past 20 years. The world has become much more visible, we can hear and see so much more: so much that we can easily become blind because of the vastness of information available. So much so, that I really question how "virtual" this world is....

John the Baptist, in prison, sends word to Jesus today asking him if he is the one. Jesus replies that John's messengers are to report back what they hear and see. There is great good in the world, but there is also great evil. There is much joy and success in the world, but there is also so much pain and unhappiness. What do we hear and see? Do we get overwhelmed by the big picture or do we get lost in the details? Or both of these at times? What do we chose to hear and see? What do chose to turn a deaf ear to and a blind eye? Do we have place of balance, where we can stand on the thin thread of our reality and truly understand what we hear and see? Pray for that place of balance in your life. I do everyday.

Copyright 2008, John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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