Sunday, March 26, 2006

Who is blind? (2nd Scrutiny)

A lot of blind people
in the readings today.
In the first reading,
nobody sees anything special
in the youngest son,
Not even the Prophet Samuel!

In the Gospel,
lots of people think they can see.

But what do they see?
A man born blind;
A man who must be a sinner!
Someone of no importance.

Of course, the blindest one of all
isn’t the blind man.
He sees better than most.

No, the blindest ones are those
who say they see just fine.

Boy, isn’t that us a lot of the time?

Do you think you see?
Are you sure?

There’s so much goodness
we fail to see in each other.
Rather, we tend to see
what annoys or offends us.
We fail to see—or we forget to look for—
people of no importance,
standing by the road, begging.

Whole parts of the world are like that:
Africa, North Korea, Cuba.
We can’t fix all the problems,
but if we start by learning more about them,
we might find we can do more
than we first thought.

And there are people in our community!
Poor, unimportant, begging for help.
It’s easy to feel bad for them—
and then move on.
What’s hard is to care genuinely.
At least, this is an attitude
I am guilty of.

If we admit we are blind,
The Lord will help us see.

It’s a little distasteful the way he did.
that the Lord used saliva and dust.
Sometimes, the Lord offers to heal us,
but we don’t like how he’s going to do it.

He says, “go to confession,”
but we say,
“Nah, I don’t want to do that!”
He says, “go apologize”—
but we are too proud.

If we want to be healed badly enough,
We’ll want it any way we can get it!

We only need ask:
“Lord: I want to see!”


Anonymous said...

Great sermon. Our priest today came out and started singing "Amazing Grace" and asked us all to join in. It really worked well as i think we all relate to the times when we have been blind and how in many ways we remail blind today. It kind of brought everyone into the story. Then he wrapped the gospel into the history of the church and our RCIA program and our many folks joining our church as he brought them forward. I am constantly amazed at the number of priests we have to lead us and inspire us in our lives.

mrsdarwin said...

I wish you gave the sermons at our parish -- short, concise, related to the readings, and always food for thought.

Keep up the good work!

Fr Martin Fox said...

Mrs D.

Thanks for your kind words.

In fairness, I should acknowledge that this was considerably shorter than my homilies usually are. The reason was the Gospel reading was so long, and then a rite of dismissal followed the homily; so I shortened my part.

I recall, not only was the Gospel reading rather long, it seemed to me everyone who had a cough chose to cough during this dramatic, powerful reading. Repeatedly. Loudly. Or perhaps it was just my imagination.