We Are Spiritually Blind
MONDAY: Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
We Are Spiritually Blind
Cataracts are treatable, operable, and curable, providing the victim is not in denial and reaches out for help in a timely fashion. Victims, if they allow shame and social, political, and economic pressure to dominate their thinking and how they see themselves, can retard their healing and deliverance. He, who feels it, knows it. No one can articulate our pain or define our blindness for us. The cry for help must come from within us. The desire for healing and deliverance should be pursued and articulated with vigour and determination – even when the odds are against them. That is what faith and hope encourage us to do.
Faith and hope are more than mere human accessories to leverage the power of God and win his favour. Combined, they are the quality of life, which leave us completely reliant on God’s help in every human condition that through his intervention and cooperation all thing will cooperate with his plan of salvation and redemption in our best interest.
When faith and hope fail us, we rely solely on our human efforts and resources. We become subservient to the demands of others and forfeit the power of God’s intervention in our lives. Individual blindness is not the only issue that concerns Christ and should worry us now in our history. Historical, social, political, economic, religious and ideological myopia must be our common apprehension in every age – especially in our present predicament.
The moral conscience of Christians and citizens of the world, especially those in developing countries are under attack by the wealthier and more developed countries. The poorer countries and in particular Christian leaders have a specific task to guard themselves, to protect the faith and sacred tradition of their people from the rapid spread of neo-paganism now consuming the world.
Developed nations and governments thrilled by their financial might and otherwise, are without conscience, like Antiochus Epiphanes, imposing paganism on poorer nations under the guise of human rights and freedom in exchange for foreign aid. They are willfully striking at the moral conscience of poorer nations by starving the economic development of the poorer nations. Meanwhile, the poorer nations are biting the bait. They are prostituting their values and singing the dirges of their conscience, faith, morals and traditions to solicit the friendship and the help of the so-called developed world that is now pursuing an uncivilized culture.
The culture of unbridled reckless human freedom has created a new form of social and spiritual blindness around the world – schools are becoming their seedbeds. Like the blind man in Luke 18:35-43 it is time for us to recognise our spiritual blindness is getting malignant. It is time for us to raise our voices. It is time to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.” The social and political pressure may seek to silence our cry; but our cry is timely, legitimate, and licit if we want to save the soul of this and subsequent generations. If the Church, which is partially blind for now, persist in her cry, the Lord will come to her assistance. He will protect our faith. He will save us. God will never allow the gates of hell to prevail against his Church.
Lord, we trust in your divine mercy. We believe that you can heal us of all forms of blindness and restore our dignity and integrity ones more like your children.