The Eyes

“Usually we see other people not as they are, but as we are. A person, in a real sense, is what he or she sees. And seeing depends on our eyes. Jesus uses the metaphor of the eyes more often than that of the mind or the will. The old proverb, ‘The eyes are the windows of the soul’, contains a profound truth. Our eyes reveal whether our souls are spacious or cramped, hospitable or critical, compassionate or judgmental. The way we see other people is usually the way we see ourselves. If we have made peace with our flawed humanity and embraced our ragamuffin identity, we are able to tolerate in others what was previously unacceptable in ourselves… Judgment depends on what we see, how deeply we look at the other, how honestly we face ourselves, how willing we are to read the human story behind the frightened face.”

-Brennan Manning

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