Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Spiritual Binocular Vision

Neuropsychology will tell you that one of the key ingredients for depth perception (perception of reality before us in its three dimensions and distance) is the capacity for binocular vision, the ability to see with both the eyes. The Pharisees in today’s story have only monocular vision in the spiritual sense—a flat (and lifeless) vision of people around, which sees only their external actions in terms of law. Thus, they can only see the disciples breaking the Sabbath law. However, Jesus has binocular vision and more—he sees the actions, the needs, the intentions, and much more. His depth perception reaches into the innermost chambers of human hearts. The same unfolds in the story of selection of David: God sees in him much more than Samuel could see. It is good to examine periodically how good our spiritual depth perception is.


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