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How Are You Blind?

A Picture I took a while back.
     According to the calender I am told to believe, since March 21st, that it is now the season of spring. Well, nature defiantly disagrees with this 'theory' of spring right now. Living in Canada we really only have two extreme season, Summer and winter. Summer for a couple of months and then winter for the rest of the year. But interestingly enough, we don't live in igloos. Taking a look outside my window, there are no signs that spring as sprung. The grass is still covered in a thick blanket of snow, the trees haven't budded-they are still bare, and the sun still hides behind the clouds. I wish I knew what this 'spring' is...

     Despite how much I dislike the frigid cold winter, I do admire it's beauty. Spotting the hoarfrost, the deers that come from the frozen river searching for a snack to eat, the random raccoon in the middle of the street, squirrels running along a fence chasing after each other, and snow globe like snowfalls all show Gods beauty in creation. Seeing the animal life and the beauty of nature around me makes me realize how wonderful and magnificent God really is.

     As a kid, and still now, I always looked forward to the scrutiny readings at mass. They are probably some of my favorite readings from the Gospel of St John. Filled with beautiful symbols and metaphors with deep meanings, what's not to love. 

     This weekends Gospel is the gospel of the Man born blind. The marvelous event of turning one persons world of complete darkness into a world of complete light. Darkness and light have multi-level meanings in the the bible. Darkness meaning living a life of sin and evil or being blind, and light means living the way God wants or literally be able to see. More often than not, the bible uses it in the context of how we live-Good or bad. 

     Look at this weekends Gospel, "Who sin was it, his own or his parents sin that caused him to be born blind"  The people in that time looked at blindness as a consequence to sin-something that fell upon a person for not being perfect. But Jesus looks differently upon the man, he shows the man pity and compassion. Instead of giving him money Jesus grants him his sight. 

How are you Blind? 

     We are all blind in one way or another. Blinded to God, to forgiveness, to love, to care, to respect, to appreciation and much more. We are blinded. Our blindness turns us away from forgiving, loving, caring, respecting, appreciating. It turns us away from seeing and doing what the heart required. We blind our selves from forgiving when someone hurts us deeply. We blind our selves from loving when we see a person in ragged clothes sleeping on the street. We are blinded when we don't pay attention to that person sitting alone, in need of our help. 

     We are blinded when we live in darkness. Our blindness blocks us from the light. But through Christ, through the sacrament of Eucharist and reconciliation we are rooted and called into the light. To live a life dedicated to the Lord-in the magnificent light. At the rite of our baptism the priest, handing the candle to a family member says, 
"Parents and godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. He (she) is to walk always as a child of the light. May he (she) keep the flame of faith alive in his (her) heart. When the Lord comes, may he (she) go out to meet him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom."
     Through baptism we are brought into the light of Christ. Our life is centered around the light of Christ and keeping this flame burning brightly. The flame of Jesus mark; the flame of the love of Jesus. The flame that helps us see Christ. The Flame of our mission.

     " For the Lord does not see as the human sees; the human looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on his heart"

      This scripture verse comes from the first reading and sums up what our challenge is. We are called to look beyond the surface, the cover of the book. We called to open the book and read the pages. We are called to look at someones heart not their appearance.  We are called not judge but to show compassion and mercy for each other.

     Through prayer and constantly receiving of the sacraments we can begin to discover our vocation of leaving the dark and entering the light. The vocation of being weak to be strong in Christ. Our vocation to wipe away our blindness and to have open eyes to see Christ. Through prayer we can begin to see the heart and not the appearance.

     May we come to realize, through constant prayer, what we are blinded to. We can become a better person when we open our eyes and realize what we are deliberately not seeing. May we come to see Christ not only in others but in the beauty of nature-even if spring has not sprung God is always at work in creation. May we keep our baptismal light burning bright. Christ will guide us, and disperse the darkness from our life; but we must be open to saying a full hearted YES to God.

May we look at the heart and not the appearance.

May we be healed, by God through prayer, of our blindness.

What are you blinding your self from?





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