Many people care a lot about how they look. Billions are spent on products, processes and procedures to alter, improve and enhance the looks and the physique of people. Today, any homely face can be transformed into a comely appearance. A deadbeat body can be made drop dead gorgeous. I get a feeling though that somehow we are missing the point.
Real beauty comes from within. I have been blessed with the love and care of people with homely looks but whose inner beauty transforms their bearing into palpable comeliness. Real goodness radiates from within. I have met and worked with people with forgettable faces but whose goodness is remembered and lingers on for a lifetime. Intelligence and wisdom cannot be determined by the mere physical appearance of a person. I have encountered persons whose appearances do not impress but whose brilliance and intelligence I can still recall.
As embodied consciousness, we are often too enthralled and even fixated on appearances. We often tend to pass judgements of people based on their appearances. But looks can be deceptive. When I think of these things, I always remember the Little Prince, “One sees rightly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”
The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”