Open Your Eyes!

2 Kings 6:17
Then Elisha prayed, and said, “O LORD, I pray Thee, open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

The “young man” in today’s verse was pretty much any modern person.  When he looked at life, he saw economic forecasts, newspaper headlines, morning cups of coffee, that living room carpet that needed vacuuming, leaky faucets, vague misgivings about his job, dim fritterings about youthful dreams unfulfilled, telephones ringing, and the sense that there was no place for his meaningless life to go.  When he looked back, he saw a wasted life.  When he looked forward, he saw old age and then the lights going out — forever.  He was a living incarnation of Scripture’s teaching that where there is no vision, the people perish.  He was perishing in his soul.  Then God opened his eyes and suddenly his vision was filled, not with hallucination (his whole previous life had been that) but with real vision.  He saw that God was there.  The universe came right side up and he realized that there is nothing ordinary about ordinary life.  The same is true for you, right now.  Sitting in the room with you right now are angelic presences every bit as real as you are.  And there, more real than anything else, is the Blessed Trinity Himself.  Open your eyes.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Grandpa Tom

    Opening one’s eye(s) can be taken in a two-fold sense. We can see God with the physical eye through his creation, and in another sense through the eye of the soul which is the intellect. The pupil of the eye of the soul is Faith.
    With our physical eye we see God’s wonders in the movement of the universe, and in nature. We see how a small seed is programed to know how to plant its roots, and how to break through the soil to seek out the sun for generation. We see tree branches reaching out in praise of God. We see the birds of the air, and hear their charmful melodies; we smell flowers giving of various fragrances of perfume; we see in each snowflake perfect symmetrical and cathedral shapes; the list goes on and on.
    By faith with the eye of our soul we see God through His love and many virtues. We return this love to God through prayer, and we encounter God through love of our neighbor. By seeing goodness and virtue in our fellow humans, we see God’s love. It is through the medium of loving your neighbor that we honor God. Then we begin to feel God’s abundant grace.
    In addition we must love our enemy. Matthew 5:43; But I say to you, love your enemy, and pray for those who persucute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
    God’s mercy is great. In Shakespear’s Merchant of Venice, it says; “Mercy is like the rain that falleth from heaven to the place beneath, it is twice blessed, it is blessed by Him who giveth it, and by him who receiveth.”