Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time
March 2-3, 2019
Never say God doesn’t have a sense of humor. As I write this Reflection, I am sitting at my kitchen table on the night before I am to have the first of two cataract surgeries and reading the Gospel which begins, “Can a blind person guide a blind person?” Over this past month, my vision has become progressively worse to the point where I have not been able to drive at night or in unfamiliar areas. Can you imagine having me as your driving instructor?
How more ridiculous would it be for a person of weak faith to condemn another for their lack of faith? How often do we point out the sins of others without acknowledging our own sinfulness? If we are honest with ourselves, we are all hypocrites.
Yet Jesus also provides a cure to our spiritual blindness and hypocrisy. We need to take an honest evaluation of our life. When we do so, we then must take responsibility for our failings and make the necessary changes to allow us to see the world with clear vision.
I have been told by my optometrist that once the cataracts are removed from my eyes and corrective lenses implanted that I will no longer need to wear glasses. My ability to function has been dependent on my wearing eyeglasses since I was 7 years old. Every aspect of my life will change as the world comes into clear focus for me.
Can we even imagine how our life will change when we remove those things obstructing our vision of Christ? By viewing others through the eyes of Jesus our calling and responsibility as Christians will become clear. As we set our sights on our Lord, all will come into focus. What better time than this upcoming Lent to re-center our spiritual journey? What better way to do so than by renewing and strengthening our personal daily relationship with Christ through ALPHA Lent and Best Lent Ever?
As St. Paul encourages us, “Be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
-Patrick J. Perkins