Hope you are well.
Once I had gone for a small vacation maybe for four or five days. I came back after the vacation and was really tired of the travel back. I wanted to make some coffee to get refreshed (though I don’t really get very much refreshed after coffee as many would think and feel). I opened my coffee maker to make some coffee. I found something missing in the coffee maker. I was squeezing my brain (thank God, I have one), to find out what was missing in the coffee maker. After much prayer and reflection, I found the filter basket of the coffee maker was missing. “O goodness, how am I going to make my coffee now?” I was frustrated. I started my searching operation.
I tried to look for that filter basket in all the places possible. I even checked my bedroom (only goodness knows why it would go there!). I made some phone calls to people who might know about the whereabouts of the filter basket. I even prayed to St. Anthony, the wonderworker. Oh My! Nothing of these ended up in a good result. I stole one filter basket from somewhere else where I know there would be a filter basket for sure. I brought it to my kitchen with a great joy that I could make the coffee now, opened the coffee maker, tried to place the filter basket in the coffee maker. Guess what! The filter basket wouldn’t go in and fit. Frustration goes to the top. I tried hard with all my technical knowledge to see what had happened. Nothing happened except that the filter for which I was looking for was already there in the basket holder. Alas!
We might have sometimes come across some similar experiences like this. I had laughed at my mom sometimes looking for the ladle, keeping the ladle right in her hand. There may be many scientific and psychological reasons for this into which I am not going. Lots of times this is something we encounter in our lives. We miss to see something which is right in front of our eyes. Yes. We miss to see a lot of things, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. Knowingly we miss to see because of the fear that it may cost us something and unknowingly we miss sometimes because of our closed heartedness to the realities of this world.
We miss to see the injustice that is happening around us, we miss to see the poor and the needy around us, we miss to see the good things in others, we miss to see the bad things in us, we miss to see the purpose of our life sometimes, we miss to see the need of our presence in this world, we miss to see the good things that we have and so on and on. There a lot of things that we miss to see. Is this becoming of a true Christian? No. Not at all. We as Christians are a people for others. That is what we call Love. But it is really disheartening sometimes that we even miss to see that we are Christians.
Let us keep our inner eyes open and vigilant that we may never miss anything that we shouldn’t miss.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Fr. A. Antony