Saturday, October 4, 2008

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Luke 10: 17-24
"Blessed are the eyes that see what you see ... many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it." As he took the hand of Sister Death, I imagine that Francis was greeted by Jesus with these words. He truly saw the the absolute glory of all creation. Francis saw the world, and most especially his brothers and sisters, through the eyes of God. What love and joy he must have seen! And yet he told us that he was nothing special; just one who paid attention when Jesus spoke. As much as we might want to disagree and place him on a pedestal, we must take Francis at his word. For he says that each of us can see through God's eyes if we choose to listen to Jesus. Francis' greatest desire is that we might all come to see one another as true brothers and sisters of our One Father, that Jesus will say to each of us: "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see."