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Jesus and Mary Poppins, part 2 of 2.

March 23, 2016

“When will you learn to look past what you see?”

Mary Poppins asked that on stage this weekend at Effingham High School.

[If you haven’t read my blog here from yesterday, please scroll down now and do so. Today will make more sense in light of yesterday.]

Long before that, our old friend St. Paul gave us some long range perspective on our perceptions —

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as God knows us! (1st Corinthians 13)

— What a promise!

And yet what a frustration this brings. Something continues to prevent us from being able to see things clearly. 

So what are we to do in our here and now? St. Paul answers our question this way —

For right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

— Pretty clear answer, eh?

“When will you learn to look past what you see?” asked Mary Poppins.

I can imagine St. Paul chiming in, “And when will you learn to love past what you see?”

And then the two of them look at each other and give a quick nod.

Leaving us to answer their questions with our actions today.

But maybe, like the person in Mark 8 that we heard from yesterday, some of us need to start with a confession of our blindness and/or lack of clear focus, and ask Christ Jesus for help and another healing touch.

I know I do. You, too?







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