Ali Corona: Believing Is Seeing With Christ’s Eyes

It didn’t take long for Solomon to befriend me. And even though we didn’t speak the same language, we did speak. Sometimes, I caught him speaking to no one in particular.

In college, I spent a good deal of time in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where I served at a children’s home. I felt very nervous the first time I met Solomon. He had severe cerebral palsy that impacted his ability to walk, run and feed himself. I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t know what to say or how to act around him at first.

He welcomed me with kindness, cracked jokes and wanted to sit with me in the afternoons. For a while, I didn’t understand why he would talk to himself—sometimes for hours. Our friendship grew over the months, and I began to learn a bit of Haitian Creole.

One day, I heard Solomon say my name. I listened closely and realized he was praying for me. Correction: he was praying for all his loved ones. One by one and praising God. This is his daily ritual.

I have a friend who says the people we serve are our greatest teachers. Solomon is one of my greatest teachers. I thought I was going to Haiti to serve Solomon, but Solomon served me. I am forever grateful he opened my eyes.

Our sight impacts how we live

Ask anyone who wears corrective lenses: there are few things more disorienting or overwhelming than the sensation of distorted vision.

I wore glasses for years. My nearsighted vision would unsettle me each morning until I could find my glasses. It was tough to concentrate in class without them. It was dangerous to drive. My time with glasses taught me that our sight impacts how we live.

Jesus talks about spiritually corrected vision in Matthew 13, saying, “Seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.” In contrast, Jesus encourages his friends, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13,16; NRSV).

Jesus asks his followers to see with kingdom perspective, not through the cultural or religious perspective of the time. When we see as Christ suggested, it compels a different way of living with respect to the people and communities around us. It beckons us to change how we relate to others.

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Source: Baptist Standard