HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
THEME: “DO YOU SEE ANYTHING?”
FR. GERALD M. MUSA
Research shows that “…Cataract, glaucoma, and uncorrected refractive errors are the leading causes of blindness” (The Guardian Editorial 20 January 2023). Eye health issues were also common in ancient times. When Jesus arrived Bethsaida, people begged him to heal a blind man. Jesus healed the blindman progressively, in three stages. First, He puts spittle into the blind man’s eyes; and then laid His hands on him twice. At the first touch, they man began to see faintly and at the second touch he was able to see clearly. This goes to show that enlightenment is a gracual process. Some situations blind us from seeing God in other people or seeing the work of God around us.
A Latin proverb says the eyes are blind when the mind is elsewhere (oculi caeci sunt, cum mens alibi est). We may not be literally bind, but we may suffer other forms of figurative blindness which include emotional, moral, spiritual, and intellectual blindness. For example, St. John tells us that hatred is another form of blindness (1 John 2:9-10).
We may be suffering from intentional blindness when we refuse to see the hand of God at work in our lives or unconscious blndness when we don’t even know that we are blind. We need healing from all forms of blindness, including blindness of the mind and blindness of the heart. Have we cliscovered the kind of blindness that affects us and are we humble enough to ask for healing?
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