Easter Seeing

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[Clouds over Mt Hay Station, Lake Tekapo – Martin Stewart]

I’m thinking about the John 20:1-18 text and the references to seeing and believing, along with the John 20:29 beatitude “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

We fall into the category of the beatitude.  We have not laid our eyes on him.  Yet…

There seems to be a lot of pressure on us these days to have to prove things.
A demand based on the premise that seeing is believing.
What an unfortunate attitude to take into the exploration of the mysteries!
How limiting!
What a lofty elevation we have given to our eyes to be the conveyors of all truth!
What a lie!

I am exploring the ways of seeing that go deeper than what the eyes see.
Here are a few worthy friends…
Dreaming…
Imagination…
The mind’s eye…
Signs…
Thoughts…
Visions…
Wondering…
Fantasy…

Peter, John and Mary saw things at the tomb but did not immediately recognise them.
Mary waited longer and eventually recognised who was before her with her ears, rather than her eyes.

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
– Mary Oliver (from the poem Sometimes)

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