Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Ordinary Time; 19th January 2016
“…The Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
It is said that as man proposes, God disposes. Today’s reading is the perfect example. Samuel invites the house of Jesse and his sons to the sacrifice in which he was to choose a new king of Israel. Looking at Eliab, he probably would have told himself: “He appears very tall, almost like Saul. Maybe he’s the one” or stared at Abinadab and said: “Well, this one looks strong. I guess he will fight to the last for his people” or on seeing Shammah: “Another good looking man, the people might love him”. Samuel was about letting his personal views and emotions cloud his judgement but had to realize that there was more to what meet the eyes.
Many a times we let our emotions and reasoning affect the way we see things. We give rash judgement about people’s motives without giving thought to the possible reason behind such actions. We like to judge the book by the cover. We look on the outward appearance and feel we know what the inside should look like. We ought to stop doing such. Yes we can’t see the hearts of men but we can discern people’s actions & not just jump into conclusions most times. So let’s ask the Holy Spirit to come on us and give us the grace to discern beyond what meet the eyes so that we will not judge our brothers and sisters wrongly. Let’s see beyond the face and appearance of people. Let’s look on the heart.