Seeing Through Eyes of Faith

April 14, 2023 at 5:36 p.m.
Seeing Through Eyes of Faith
Seeing Through Eyes of Faith

Lisa Valentino, Fiat Ventures

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Our Gospel this Sunday is longer than usual but offers us so much to reflect and pray on. I would like to focus on the Lord’s words to Martha and the faith of Martha. Martha and her sister Mary are sisters of Lazarus and two people who are striving to see through eyes of faith.

Lazarus is sick and Martha and Mary want Jesus to know that “the one He loves is ill.” They send word to the Lord and wait for Him to come. When Jesus arrives, he discovers that Lazarus has died and been in the tomb for four days. Martha hears that Jesus is coming and goes to meet Him. She tells Jesus that if He had been there her brother would not have died; she has eyes of faith.

Jesus tells Martha without hesitation that her brother will rise. Martha tells Jesus that she knows this and that it will happen on the last day. Jesus responds and tells Martha that whoever believes in Him, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Him will never die. Wow, think about that? Eternal life!

The Lord goes on to ask Martha if she believes what He has said. Martha responds as someone who sees through the eyes of faith and says “Yes Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” The story goes on and Jesus eventually calls Lazarus out of the tomb, and many believe!

What is it like to see through eyes of faith like Martha? To have courage like Martha to trust in the Lord? To awake each morning seeing our lives and our days, all we encounter and our world as Jesus does? Simply put, it is nothing short of amazing. To see through the eyes of faith is to see through the eyes of our Lord.  This means living each day in the light and hope of our God who saves us and gives us His love, grace, and mercy willingly, and without conditions. It is also not always an easy task, as the world wants us to see through its eyes.

This Lent is an opportunity for all of us to commit to living and seeing the way Jesus calls us to. To awaken each morning and pray to see the way He wants us to, the way He sees. Imagine a world filled with great joy and compassion. A world and its people filled with hope and love for one another. A world filled with faith where we understand “this is not our home.” God wants always what is best for us and works for the good in all situations. We have a God who never abandons us. My prayer for us all today is that we will all see with eyes of faith!


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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Our Gospel this Sunday is longer than usual but offers us so much to reflect and pray on. I would like to focus on the Lord’s words to Martha and the faith of Martha. Martha and her sister Mary are sisters of Lazarus and two people who are striving to see through eyes of faith.

Lazarus is sick and Martha and Mary want Jesus to know that “the one He loves is ill.” They send word to the Lord and wait for Him to come. When Jesus arrives, he discovers that Lazarus has died and been in the tomb for four days. Martha hears that Jesus is coming and goes to meet Him. She tells Jesus that if He had been there her brother would not have died; she has eyes of faith.

Jesus tells Martha without hesitation that her brother will rise. Martha tells Jesus that she knows this and that it will happen on the last day. Jesus responds and tells Martha that whoever believes in Him, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Him will never die. Wow, think about that? Eternal life!

The Lord goes on to ask Martha if she believes what He has said. Martha responds as someone who sees through the eyes of faith and says “Yes Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” The story goes on and Jesus eventually calls Lazarus out of the tomb, and many believe!

What is it like to see through eyes of faith like Martha? To have courage like Martha to trust in the Lord? To awake each morning seeing our lives and our days, all we encounter and our world as Jesus does? Simply put, it is nothing short of amazing. To see through the eyes of faith is to see through the eyes of our Lord.  This means living each day in the light and hope of our God who saves us and gives us His love, grace, and mercy willingly, and without conditions. It is also not always an easy task, as the world wants us to see through its eyes.

This Lent is an opportunity for all of us to commit to living and seeing the way Jesus calls us to. To awaken each morning and pray to see the way He wants us to, the way He sees. Imagine a world filled with great joy and compassion. A world and its people filled with hope and love for one another. A world filled with faith where we understand “this is not our home.” God wants always what is best for us and works for the good in all situations. We have a God who never abandons us. My prayer for us all today is that we will all see with eyes of faith!

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