DECEMBER 14, 2011
Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church
Reading 1: Is 45:6-8, 18, 21-25
Psalm: Ps 85:9 and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Gospel: Luke 7:18-23
“He also granted sight to many who were blind”
Imagine yourself to be blind. Isn’t it difficult to see only darkness? But it would be better for a person to be either born blind or who became blind due to a disease condition rather than pretending to be blind. Being blind in a natural way allows the person to adjust with the darkness and eventually learns to accept it, tries to cope with it by finding ways on how to make one’s life useful and how to live well despite one’s disability. Whereas, pretending not to see what we can see is more difficult.
Most often, people are aware that what they are doing is wrong and yet pretend not to know it. Stormie Omartian says, “Everyone makes mistakes. But there is an epidemic in the world today of people who can’t admit they did something wrong.” This makes no difference with being blind. But because the Lord loves us so much, He will always lead us to the right path if only we have faith. We have to realize our sins and be sorry for them, and we have to feel remorse for the mistakes that we have done, for God does not condemn sinners instead forgives them. The coming of Advent is the right time for reparation. It is the time for us to prepare ourselves spiritually as we anticipate for the coming of Christ, to meet him joyfully and with a thankful heart that despite our sinfulness, Christ continues to love us unconditionally.
1. Have I been blinded by my own mistake?
2. What will I do to heal my blindness?
MS. SOFIA H. PIS-AN
Faculty, College of Nursing