Podcasts are now my entertainment when I go for a walk. There are podcasts of all topics, lengths and interests. I enjoy listening to the news of the day, spirituality and faith-based discussions but at the top of my list are legal and crime stories. In another life, I would be a lawyer fighting for justice without prejudice. Well that is what I would try to do anyway. There are a number of podcasts that dig deep into a story that unfolds for a number of weeks. Generally they are crime stories of people who are serving time for crimes they did not commit. The investigative teams review cases with fresh eyes and search for new evidence of unsolved crimes or even help the courts overturn wrongful convictions. These cases keep me entertained for hours and my mind focused on righting wrongs as well as the challenges of justice system to get it right based on the presented evidence.
What we “see” is filtered through the lens of our experiences, life circumstances and influenced by the world around us. Most people may think they pay attention and see everything around them and would be able to give a fair witness accounting if they were called to do so. Do you see people and would you be a good eyewitness? There is a story in the Gospel of Luke that shows us how easy it is to not actually see someone without some sort of prejudice. While dining at the home of a religious leader named Simon, Jesus, encountered a woman seeking Christ’s love and forgiveness. With her tears, she washed his feet and then dried with her hair. Simon was unsettled by the woman and judged her as sinful. Jesus, fully aware of his thoughts asked him,
“Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown.” (Lk 7: 44-47).
Simon did not see her as a person but only judged her according to who he thought she was based on her life status. His eyewitness account was skewed by his wealth and religious status rather than seeing her as Jesus saw her regardless of who she was and loved her anyway. Jesus sees us as we are and without prejudice and loves us anyway. I want Jesus to be as my eyewitness!