A Homily on Matthew 5: 27-32
“Eyes are the windows of the soul”. How powerful are our human eyes! What wonders can our eyes do? So much. Our eyes can do and undo us. They can bring us to heaven or cast us to hell. Why? Jesus tells us in the Gospel: “Anyone who looks at a woman to satisfy his lust has in fact already committed adultery with her in his heart”.
If looks could kill, then, this is an example of it. Our immodest looking at a person can cause us the death of our soul. A lustful glance is sinful – hence, deadly to our soul – because it reduces the other person to a mere object of one’s pleasure or desire. The ethics of God’s kingdom dictates that we look at each other with compassion and love, with rectitude of intention, with utter respect, because we are all God’s children. To disrespect God’s sons and daughters is to disrespect God.
This Gospel demand is so radical that “if your right eye causes you to sin, pull it out and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell”. God is asking us to detach ourselves completely from anything that separates us from Him. Same is true with the right hand that causes you to sin! We may repeat this beautiful prayer all throughout this day: “Lord, keep me away from whatever separates me from You”.
This is why, in the tradition of spirituality within the Catholic Church, lots of saints would have exhorted us to guard our sight (Guarda la vista). St. Josemaria Escriva, for instance, once said:
“The eyes! Through them many iniquities enter the soul. — What experiences like David's! — If you guard your sight you have assured the guard of your heart” (The Way, 183).
“Why look around if you carry 'your world' within you?” (The Way, 184).
May we learn, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to guard our sight and to guard our heart from whatever filthy things that separate us from God. Amen.