Seeing Is Freeing

After the Lord was baptized in the Jordan, the first of His disciples stayed with him for a day. When they left, they were convinced they had found the Messiah. What happened? What did they experience?

During my mother’s sickness with cancer she was at home in a hospital bed. During her miraculous recovery from the disease, she still had much less energy than before. So mostly, she stayed in bed before the large image of the Divine Mercy.

That means that I was taking care of the things she used to care for, like my father and the house, and enlisting others to help. I wanted her to rest and be alone with the Lord, Who was very close to her. It was a special time for her with God, a time when she could be freed from her labors and worries and experience His great love for her.

Now the house itself needed a lot of cleaning, reorganizing. It had a lot of clutter. As my parents got older, managing the house became more difficult for my mother. Add in two grown sons using parts of the house for storage, and you can imagine that an overhaul might in order. But even more importantly, putting the house in order would be a great weight off my mother’s mind, a great gift to her. Managing the home was a task that she’d had for 43 years and it had seemed to be conquering her in the end.

So this I began, starting from the inside out.

First, I was going to start with the room I was living in on the second floor, because I can’t put anything else in order if my own stuff isn’t in order. Then, I would move to the storage spaces, like the basement and attic and closets, to free those spaces up. Then, I would get to the living spaces on the first floor. Then, I would move to the exterior of the house, and the yard.

But this presents a big problem. A person lying in bed has a lot of time to look around and notice the condition of the living spaces – on the first floor. The spaces where I’m working are hidden from her. Uh oh.

“Jerome, we shouldn’t have to live in a pig sty.”


“Ma, there is a lot going on that you don’t know about. Trust me!”

So, I finally finished my room on the second floor and cleaned out the bathroom next to it. I tell you, these spaces never looked so good. I couldn’t wait. I went to my mother and said, “I want to show you something.” “What is it?” “Come and see. We’re going to go upstairs and I’ll show you my room and the bathroom.” “Oh, I don’t know if I can make it up the stairs, do you think so?” “I think you can, I’ll walk with you.”

We went up the stairs together – she made it without a problem. She was so excited. “I can’t believe I made it up the stairs!”

I showed her the room. “Wow!” And the bathroom, squeaky clean. No clutter in the cabinets. “Wow!” After some tears and a big hug, we went back downstairs together.

It struck her: something great, something beyond her imagining, was happening with the house. How relieved she was! She had trusted, she had followed, and she had seen. She was freed.

When the Lord begins to put us back in order, He works from the inside out. He doesn’t start with things we can see. No, He starts in the interior, behind the scenes. He does this in our personal lives, in families, in the life of the Church, in societies, in the world. His renovation work starts out hidden.

If you hear the Lord call you to come and see, go. If you trust Him, if you accept His invitation to follow Him, He will show you where He lives. He will show you His room. He will show you His hidden work, what He is doing.

When you see it, you will say “Wow!” You will see that He is doing something great, something beyond your imagining, in your life and in the world.

You will be free.

And beholding Jesus walking, he says: Behold the Lamb of God. And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. And Jesus turning, and seeing them following him, says to them: What seek you? Who said to him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where do you dwell? He says to them: Come and see. They came, and saw where he abode, and they stayed with him that day: now it was about the tenth hour. And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him. He finds first his brother Simon, and says to him: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. (Jn 1:36-41)

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