Friday 10 May

Today is Friday the 10 May in the third week of Easter.   

The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing Aveugle de Coeur: “Blind in heart since my birth, I come to you, Light of the world…. Let me live as a child of light”  As I listen, I ask the Lord to open my eyes to what he wants me to see.  I ask God to shine his light into my life.  

Today’s reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.  

This dramatic story from the Acts of the Apostles tells of a major turning point in the history of the new followers of Jesus.  Saul, their chief persecutor, who first appeared at the time of Stephen’s death, is at the height of his powers, and absolutely convinced of the rightness of his cause.  But all this is turned upside down when Saul meets Jesus.  He sees the light.  He discovers that his life is to take a new direction.  Have I ever been in this place, or seen it happen to someone I know?  What was it like?  

Can I imagine myself, or someone I know, having an experience like this now?  What kind of ‘turnaround’, what kind of radical change could I imagine myself, or this other person, making?  Would such a change make more room for God?   How would it change me, or change them?  

As I listen to the reading again, I imagine myself, perhaps, as Saul – seeing this blinding light, and then the scales falling from my eyes – and imagine how that felt.  

Do I need the scales to fall from my eyes?  Or is it not something so radical?  Is there something I just need to see more clearly?  Can I ask the Lord to help me?