Wednesday, April 18, 2007

THE WAY WE SEE

Our Unleavened Bread Cafe group read the following outloud from a chapter of Shane Claiborne's book Irresistible Revolution this morning. One at our table confessed to an unusual but profound empathy and concern for the young man who murdered 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus on Monday. When the fallen--so-called "natural"--response is to heap hatred upon murderers, what is it about grace that implants or makes possible a transcendent, loving response?

"When we look through the eyes of Jesus, we see new things in people. In the murderers, we see our own hatred. In the addicts, we see our own addictions. In the saints, we catch glimpses of our own
holiness. We can see our own brokenness, our own violence, our own ability to destroy, and we can see our own sacredness, our own capacity to love and forgive. When we realize we are both wretched and beautiful, we are freed up to see others the same way."

"All the time, we look AT people--hot girls, beggars, pop stars, white folks, black folks, people with suits or dreadlocks. But over time, we can develop new eyes and look INTO people. Rather than looking at people as sex objects or work tools, we can see them as sacred. We can enter the Holiest of Holies through their eyes."

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