We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light. Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright. O, shine all around us by day and by night. Jesus the light of the world.

from “Jesus, the Light of the World,” George D. Elderkin (1890)

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As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who was blind from birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned so that he was born blind, this man or his parents?”

Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents. This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. While it’s daytime, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After he said this, he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on the man’s eyes. Jesus said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (this word means sent). So the man went away and washed. When he returned, he could see.

John 9:1-7

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Sight, for the sighted, is something that we so often take for granted. We open our eyes and there is a whole world to explore and see. We can “spy with our little eyes” a vast array of colors, objects, textures, patterns, and so much more. But sight is really useless without light.

Our eyes are not the only part of us that we use to see though. No, we use the very core of our being, what scripture often calls our heart and theologians may call our soul, to see as well. This spiritual sight needs light as well, and it requires us to open our spiritual eyes.

God’s Word made flesh, Jesus, illuminates the world around us with spiritual light, but far too often we keep our spiritual eyes closed. Today spend a bit of time focusing on your spiritual sight, and look at the world around you enlightened by Jesus.

Andrew Kellner

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God, grant me the grace to open my eyes to the world around me. Help me to open my spiritual eyes that I may see the world as you do and be transformed by it. Thank you for being my light. Amen.

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Open your eyes today to the light of God surrounding you.

Open your eyes today to the light of God within you.

Open your eyes today to the light of God in each person you meet.

Open your eyes today, and see all that God has for you to see.

Andrew Kellner

The Rev. Andrew Kellner serves as Chaplain at St. James School, a tuition-free Episcopal middle school in Philadelphia.

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