33 ‘No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.’
To understand this passage we need maybe to change how we read it – it’s not about the eyes letting what is outside into our hearts and minds, but is actually the other way around, our eyes are a way of revealing to the external world what is in our hearts and minds, letting the light that is in them shine out. We’re called to be lamps, shining out light into the world a bit like the lights on a runway calling planes to a safe landing, only we’re showing the way to God and entry into his Kingdom.
Father thank you for the gift of your Spirit to dwell in us through the work of your Son.
Spirit, help me to be open to you. Shine from within me today!