Skip to main content

The Eye is The Lamp of The Body

"The eye is the lamp of the body.  So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness."  Matt-6: 22-23
It's been said that the eyes are the window of the soul.  If that's the case then one's eyes are an important indicator of one's spiritual and physical state.  You are what you consistently look at. 

If you look at members of the opposite sex lustfully what does it say about your soul?

If you are always looking at the latest gadgets, clothing, or vehicles what does it say about your soul?

If you are constantly watching such programs as The Jersey Shore, The Wendy Williams Show,or MTV what does it say about your soul?

If you are constantly looking at your neighbor trying to find ways to judge them what does it say about your soul?

"The eye is the Lamp of the Body"

A well functioning lamp gives light to a person; it allows the person to see beyond the darkness.  So if your light is functioning correctly you will not be overcome by the darkness.  You will be able to get to your destination because of the light. 

On a physical and spiritual level if the light within you is properly adjusted then chances are that your entire body is functioning correctly.  What do I mean by this?  A person living in sin typically lacks self control. The lustful person can't control his eyes, hands, or genitalia. The gluttonous person can't control his appetite while the angry person can't control his temper. The doubtful person can't control his doubt while the arrogant person can't control his arrogance. In all of these cases the light that is reflected is not light, but darkness. For light implies balance and moderation; darkness excess and disintegration. Taken to it's furthest extent darkness equals death.  That's why Jesus stressed purity and custody of the senses (eyes) because as humans our wills are triggered by what we most focus on. Consistent focus equals habit.  So if a person is constantly allowing sin to enter through the eyes chances are that those sinful images are triggering the will to act sinfully.  Consistent, sinful focus thus becomes a habit and the person keeps on sinning without knowing it.  Once a person has allowed sin to enter through the eyes it becomes very difficult to remove the sin since it has become a well ingrained habit.


Popular posts from this blog

10 Great Quotes from The Book of Sirach

The book of Sirach is a book that is often overlooked in the bible. This is unfortunate since this book contains many wise, practical saying on how to live a virtous life. The book was believed to have been written between 200-175 B.C.E.

Here are ten quotes that I feel best reflect this timeless work.

1."Do not become a beggar by feasting with\borrowed money, when you have nothing in your purse." Sirach 18:33

2."In all you do remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin." 7:36

3.."Glory and dishonor come from speaking; a man's tongue is his downfall." 5:13"

4."A wise man is cautious in everything." 18:27

5."One who trusts others is light minded." 19:4

6."If you pursue justice, you will obtain it and wear it as a glorious robe." 27:8

7."Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but no many as have fallen because of the tongue." 28:18

8." In all of your work be industrious and no sickness will…

George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and The Afterlife

I was stunned, as was most of the world was when I heard about the passing of George Michael on Christmas day.  Michael possessed enormous talent was and one of the most successful acts in the 1980's and early 90's

Shortly after Carrie Fisher died.  Fisher was famous for her legendary role as princess Leia from the Star Wars movies.  Strangely her mother also died the day after.

2016 was a notable year for celebrity deaths.

Some names include Prince, Glenn Frey, David Bowie,  Doris Roberts, Alan Rickman, and Muhammad Ali.

As a Catholic these deaths got me thinking about the transient nature of life and the inevitability of death.

Marcus Aurelius, the stoic, emperor, philosopher king wrote about the passing nature of life as he reflected, "Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away."

Even though I agree mostly with Aurelius&…

Me vs. The Almighty

There is a famous scene in the Bible where Jacob wrestles with God.  Jacob fights with God until God takes out a bone from Jacob's thigh. Interestingly, God eventually relents and stops fighting with Jacob. After this dramatic incident, Jacob is renamed Israel which literally means, "he who struggles with God."

I can relate to this story.  Many times in my life I have argued with God. I still do. (my wife can attest to that.) Many times I have criticized his tactics, his ways, and his wisdom. In my worst moments, I have even used choice language. I have a complicated relationship with God. Like Jacob, I have wrestled with God. (thigh bone still intact)

Recently I approached a priest friend of mine and told him of my struggles with God.  I expected that he would chide me for my lack of respect and informality. What this priest said was illuminating and encouraging. He told me that it was OK at times to be angry with God, God understood. He, in fact, encouraged this honest…