Eyes Opened

Sunday’s Scripture –March 1, 2020

Then the eyes of both were opened.
Genesis 3:7a

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination.
– from “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

 

Reflection

We have just come from the Transfiguration. It was life-changing. The eyes of the disciples were opened. They witnessed the full glory of Jesus and now they have no doubt who and whose Jesus is.

As we are now in the season of Lent, we are brought back to Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve and the revelation of their nakedness. We are reminded that knowledge isn’t always bliss.

The eyes of Adam and Eve’s minds were opened to perceive that they were no longer innocent, and the eyes of their bodies to behold that they were not precisely as they had been. They now knew that they were naked.

Human creation has forfeited the state of innocence of which nakedness was symbolical. The knowledge to which they have attained is not happiness, wisdom, or power. The knowledge they now have is the consciousness of sin and of its conflict with God.

They were immediately repentant because they had broken God’s commandment. Their new knowledge brought them shame. They were awakened yet lost their peace and innocence.
They were scared. They were repentant.

The Greek word for repentance is metanoia, from meta (“change”) and noia (“mind”). Today we might say, “change of heart” or “change of life.”

In Mary Oliver’s Poem “Wild Geese” it is this imaginative love for what the world offers, this wild instinct that can often drive our desires.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

-From Wild Geese

Oliver claims that this kind of change of life doesn’t flow from self-defeating guilt but rather from incarnate, wild, imaginative love for the world.
Adam and Eve’s repentance was a change of heart. Their eyes were opened to their disobedience. Their desires for the imaginative love of the world give us an example of the inward struggle which we are each tempted. This Lenten season, may we each be in tune to what changes God is calling us to make. May we ask God for guidance in making changes in our own lives. May we be in tune to God’s call and that the wild imaginative love be for that of God and his glory. May our eyes be opened.

 

Quesitons

  • Where does your imagination call you?
  • What “change of life” is God calling you towards?
  • What changes in your life are you making to keep in tune with God?

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