Tuesday, 15 November 2011


I was at Leroy's 'commitment day' (Preparation for confirmation) at church today. I saw a young man who had only one leg (probably lost it in some accident!). I was thinking of him all the time during the mass. It must be very difficult for him to be in that predicament! I remembered that beautiful song 'Christ has no body now but yours',sung by Tony Melandez (The guys with no hands, plays guitar with his feet! Check it out on Youtube.)

Later, during mass, the priest preached on Barthomeus (The blind man from Luke's Gospel, who was healed by Jesus). Something that he said interested me. He pointed out that there were three kinds of blindness. One who is BORN BLIND and therefore does not know what he is missing. Another, who has been unfortunate to lose his eyesight due to accident or sickness - who'll always find life very difficult to live since he has seen the world and therefore will miss out on a lot AND, the third one, who is SPIRITUALLY BLIND.  Spiritual blindness is the darkest place you can be here on earth. It is the most dangerous place one can be in!

How could ones who did such crimes as genocides/mass murders live with themselves? It does not seem possible that one could be so evil. In today newspapers across our nation, we read about horrible crimes committed and one wonders, how? The answer is spiritual blindness which is caused by sin. To be spiritually blind means you are living completely and separately away from God.

"And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." (Acts 9:17-8)

Take the example of St. Paul; when the Lord helps you to see spiritually, your eyes are now completely open to all evil and good. You see clearly what you are doing and now you are able to see the devil and his workings. Before that you are completely in the devils territory where he can do and suggest any evil thing to you and you can and will follow it. The devil will convince you of a lie and because you have no spiritual light, you will fall into his snares. We see it all around us everyday, people doing, acting, dressing, going places where God would never have us go or do!


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