Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“Master, I want to see.”  Lord, I beg you – I really beg you – from a body that wishes to bend its knees in humble adoration to praise you, from a spirit of profound humility that longs for an intimate encounter with you, from a restless mind tired of thinking, over burdened with temptation and just simply wanting to see you, from a heart that suffers spiritual homelessness when it’s unable to be united to you, from a soul overcome with a deluge of tears at the thought of you touching its innocence and seeing me, really seeing me, as no one else can see me and sincerely gazing upon the beauty you created in me. So Lord, I beg you – I really beg you – set your holy gaze upon me right now, in this moment, please come in this instant, I’m begging you. Let your infinite vision gaze upon my finiteness and see me as I am in this moment, at this time, in this instance. Let your vision of truth penetrate me to the core of my being as one who looks through a sheet of transparency paper and sees me, really sees me as I am – please see me as I am.  I’m begging you please see me, I want to see you. See me in my temptations, my tribulations, my frustrations. Look upon me with the gaze of your sweet mercy and please see in me, way deep down in me the source of my impatience, my lack of understanding, my perceived shortcomings and even those shortcomings I tend to dwell on and be moved by pity for me and heal me, please heal me deep within. Let the eyes of wisdom and divine charity see in me the wounded and broken humanity given to me at birth which has been broken unmercifully by others and wounded unmercifully by me but still so mercifully treated and loved by you. O Lord, I know you feel the sense of my spiritual urgency and would never intentionally ignore me or the cries of one of your poor lowly creatures. Our hearts are forever connected – fused in an ocean of your grace. We are certain you know us and know you experience our longing for you. We know you hear our cries. You even hear our tears and the sound of our restless heartbeats. Lord, we are searching for you and we are confident that you are already on your way. “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”

Reflections from the Heart – May 26, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 26, 2024
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinityby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You must now know, and fix in your heart, that the ...

Reflections from the Heart – May 19, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 19, 2024
Pentecost Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."  The ...

Reflections from the Heart – May 12, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 12, 2024
The Ascension of the Lordby Fr. Ivan Olmo “He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had ...

Reflections from the Heart – May 5, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 5, 2024
Sixth Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo "Get up. I myself am also a human being."  I think of how ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 28, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 28, 2024
Fifth Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo “God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.”  I am most grateful ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 21, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 21, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his kindness endures ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 14, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 14, 2024
Third Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while you ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 7, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 7, 2024
Divine Mercy Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 31, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - March 31, 2024
Easter Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above.”  As ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 24, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - March 24, 2024
Palm Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, if he ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 17, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - March 17, 2023
Fifth Sunday of Lentby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”  At the deepest core of our ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 10, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - March 10, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Lentby Fr. Ivan Olmo “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not ...