15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
How sad these words of Jesus! How painful it must have been for him to admit that these people, the so-called chosen people of God, should have developed calloused hearts. Their ears are stopped up so they are practically deaf. Their eyes are unaware as if they are blind. The things of God remain apart, separate from their daily living. They do not understand, will not reach out for God, so God has to honor their choices and allow them to remain unhealthy. How hard that must have been for Jesus! How hard for God now!
I do not understand what it is in us that turns away from light to choose darkness, to turn away from good to allow evil, to fail to name God as master of life and accept in living a kind of death. In my best moments I do not wish to be calloused. I want to hear God’s voice in all situations, and see that God is working in our midst. I want to give myself entirely to God’s will. Just for today, I will try to turn again to face Jesus. I will pray for healing and wholeness, and the joy of knowing the Lord is near.
Thank you, God, when we are blessed to hear and see and receive Jesus as Lord of our lives. We pray for all those who struggle and are in pain, for those who do not experience peace in knowing you. We pray for those who are burdened with guilt and remorse, and those whose lives lack purpose and direction. Send your Spirit; touch us again with your love, and help us turn to you to see your face. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.