“From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.”
In today’s familiar exclamation from Paul’s second letter to the Christians in Corinth, we hear that God is making all things new through reconciliation. The reconciliation available to us and to the entire created world is a continuation of the creativity of God. God is continuing the good work of creation through the reconciliation of all things. Everything we see and everyone we encounter is in process. We are all on journeys toward reconciliation — toward union with God. And because of that, we are called to see others differently. Rather than seeing with eyes of judgment, we are called to see every one and every thing as beloved creations of God. As beloved creations of God, we are called to see in every one and everything a potential and an innate belovedness—the image of God. God sees in us an innate belovedness and the potential for growth through reconciliation. When we begin to see with God’s eyes, we are no longer constrained by our own expectations of how people should or shouldn’t act. It is then that we will truly be able to be a new creation, free from the pressure to judge others and the judgment of others. As you reflect on the Lenten journey, how has the practice of gratitude changed the way you see?