I love the ending lines of today’s Gospel reading, because they call me to conversion all the time. Listen again:
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
It’s a call to conversion, because I think sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves and the things that make our life hectic, and we tend to see a lot of the events of our lives as nuisances. People can try our patience, events can frustrate us.
This is Advent, a time for new beginnings. And so maybe this Gospel reading is calling all of us today to do something new, to hear something different, and to know the real blessings that come to us in our lives.
So today, maybe we can make an effort to see our interactions with people not as nuisances, but as blessings. What is the gift that God is giving us in this present moment? What is the new thing that God is doing in our lives? Is this frustrating circumstance a call for us to change our lives in some way?
When people or events seem frustrating in these Advent days, maybe we can hear that wonderful invitation: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!”