Seeing Differently

Matthew 9:9-13

"When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' But when he heard this, he said, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.'" 

This image below is a famous one for psychologists and philosophers: 

When you first looked at it, what did you see? Some people initially see a duck looking to the left. Others see a rabbit looking to the right. It's an example of how two people can look at the same thing and see something very different. Our backgrounds, experiences, and expectations guide how we see objects and people in the world. 

Jesus saw people differently. And not only that. He taught a way of life that invites other people to see differently too. Being a Christian is about practicing the actions and disciplines which help us to see people not as frustrations or failures, or objects, but as individuals to be loved and shown mercy. 

Our faith teaches us that there is a whole world out there that we only fully recognize and see when we look with the right eyes...with the right mindset. May God grant us eyes to see and ears to hear.