Lent Day 37 // Final Hymn:Open My Eyes,Lord

Image by Beautiful Light Photography

Image by Beautiful Light Photography

Mark 8: 22-25 Psalm 119

Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see Your face Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see 

Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see Your face Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see 

Open my ears, Lord Help me to hear Your voice Open my ears, Lord Help me to hear 

Open my heart, Lord Help me to love like You Open my heart, Lord Help me to love 

Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see Your face Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see 

Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see Your face Open my eyes, Lord Help me to see 

You know, this hymn is a very different hymn for Lent. Yet! It is so important and really forces us to take a look at Lent in a little bit of a different light. 

Without Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross; we are blinded by the sin, by our vanity, by our pride, by our boastfulness and so on. Without the example of Jesus we aren’t allowing ourselves to be humbler, we aren’t allowing ourselves to show others 

Jesus’ face. We aren’t allowing ourselves to be evangelist. We first though, need to open our hearts to allow the Love that outpours from the ultimate sacrifice the Lord made for us so that it will allow us to Open our eyes and heart and allow us to Love others. 

I know I have talked about this image before, but in one of my favorite chapels is the image of Mary at the side of her Son on the cross. From one of his wounds on his side outpours the life-giving waters, which flows through Mary’s hands and down to the Tabernacle. 

I love this imagery, and whenever I am struggling, this image snaps me right back to where I need to be. Jesus’ sacrificed his life on the cross for us, His love outpours through his mother’s hands and out to the world. We receive life through the Eucharist... this outpouring allows for us to let the life-giving waters flow through us unto others.

The life-giving waters allow us to be purified and see, it allows us to be purified and to love and it allows us to be purified and exude the love he displayed for us on the cross. 

As we enter into the end of this Holy Week, are you willing to let the life-giving waters and love of this sacrifice wash over you and consume you?