MARCH 26, 2017
Dear Parish Family,
Blindness. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to be physically blind. I know how I feel when I don’t have my glasses and I either can’t read or something is out of focus. This is unnerving enough. But to be totally blind. To not be able to see anything!
It’s not surprising, then, that when Jesus cured someone who was blind he or she was tremendously grateful. It opened new avenues of life and livelihood that had been closed. It was a new opportunity to see loved ones, neighbors, and the beauty of God all around. Yes, Lord, I can see!
As always, though, Jesus was only able to cure physical blindness because such a person could see Jesus for who he was. A man from God, a man who was like no other.
This, then, calls attention to another kind of blindness, a much more insidious kind because while it is much more common, it is not as obvious, especially to the one so afflicted. That is the blindness of not recognizing the effect of our actions or attitudes on another, our inability to see God working in our life or in the world, our inability to see the good in others.
Obviously it is this kind of blindness that is of more importance to God because it places a wedge between me and God or me and others. It cuts me off from seeing God’s work, from experiencing God’s presence.
We can try to kid ourselves by saying that I clearly see God’s work but I do not see it reflected in other people. Jesus reminds us again and again that we cannot love God if we don’t first love our neighbor. To love our neighbor means seeing him or her as a lovable creature of God.
At the Easter Vigil we begin our celebration in the dark. There are no lights on, nothing. Total darkness. And then a fire is blessed, a candle is lit, and gradually from that candle other candles are also lit until the church is brightened in lights. It is a reminder that Christ is the light, he is the light who comes out of the darkness and shows us the way.
It’s not by accident that light is used this way. There are many times in life we might feel as if we are walking into a dark unknown room. There is little, if any light, no clear direction. When we remember, however, that in our baptism we have received Christ, the Light, then we know that we can call upon that inner power to remove the blindness and show us the way, the truth, and the life.
Blindness. Sometimes it is obvious; often it is not. Lent reminds us to search for the Light that will help us see anew no only during our Lenten journey but throughout our life as well. Light of Christ!
Thought for the Week: “Compassion is language the deaf can hear, the blind can see.”
Have a great week ahead!