“I Want to See.”
By Blind Beggar Bart

Spiritual Blindness

Dear Bart,
I learned a lot from listening to the homily last Sunday (3/30/2014) on John’s long gospel narrative of Jesus’ encounter with a blind man (Jn 9:1-41). Shown way before the recent "Son of God" movie, I was reminded of how dramatic this narrative was presented in my favorite classic 1970’s mini-series “Jesus of Nazareth” directed by Franco Zefirelli. From the homily, I learned that giving too much importance to oneself (narcissism) and being too practical in meeting one’s needs (pragmatism) could lead to spiritual blindness. We may be giving importance only to our opinions and not even listening to others, making us blind to what God is trying to show us, perhaps of our shortcomings. This is visualized by the attitude of the Pharisees in the narrative. Or, we may be giving importance only to the practical necessities of daily living that we become blind to the needs of others or to the more important things God is calling us to do. In a way this is visualized by the attitude of the blind man’s parents.

But the good news in the same gospel is that Jesus shows he can take away our blindness. By Jesus putting clay on the blind man’s eyes, we are reminded that God can recreate us just as He did in Genesis – creating man from clay – and become the new person He wants us to be, a person who can see! The priest goes on with his homily saying that this renewal could only happen by cooperating with God's grace: Jesus puts clay on his eyes but the blind man still has to follow Jesus’ instruction to go wash it off in the pool of Siloam. The homily gave depth to an already dramatic narrative that stirs me all the more with its relevance to my daily life. – “Movie Buff”, 4/2/2014.

Dear “Movie Buff,”
In this season of Lent, may our focus on prayer and penance help us receive and cooperate with God’s grace, removing our "blindness" and leading us to acts of charity ("alms-giving"). The subject of spiritual blindness has special meaning to me, as you may probably know. In the next one hopefully, I will re-post an old article relating to this, so stay tuned!

If you would like to email me and hopefully find my response in this column, please send it to admin@cafepearsall.com (for now) addressed to me, or go to Contact Us of this website. Links to previous articles are found below. –BBB, 4/2/2014.

Previous articles:
God Loves You! (3/16/2014)
That All May Be One in Repentance (3/7/2014)
No one Is, So Why Be Perfect? (3/2/2014)
Mature Love, (2/5/2014)
Let It Be Done According to Your Word: The Vanity of the Plans We Make (12/9/2013)
Our Uncontrollable Lives (4/11/2010)