The Tie That Blinds

I Maccabees 1:10-15; 41-43; 54-57; 62-63 Luke 18:35-43 “The Ties That Blind Us”   Blessed Mary of the Passion

The Gospel presents us with the inner vision of Jesus and humanity’s struggle with it’s own inner darkness.  A blind man wants to see, but around him are others who are blind: Herod by his ambitions; the rich man by his money; and the Sadducee’s by their theology; the disciples by their need for title and status. These are attachments that blind all of us. The challenge of Jesus is for us to see the world through his eyes.  There are three quotes for me that sum up today’s Gospel and that of I Maccabees where the Jews who stick to their beliefs die:

“Our personal identities can often seem in flux, and yet as Christians we have a place to come back to. We’re called back to a sense of being grounded in Christ’s own being.”

-Br. Mark Brown

“Com­passion means suffering with and suffering for another. Compassion is a melding of passionate love and tender mercy.”

-Br. Curtis Almquist

The Pythagorean Principle
“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
~ Pythagoras

To see the world through God’s eyes we look through the lens of the cross and follow him in acts of compassion. Love is not a feeling- it is caring for people, even when we fear and do not like  them. I dressed the wound of a young man the other night whom I really do not like, he has been abusive to me for years, but he had been stabbed; I suffered with him–I moved aside my prejudices; it  is in  standing back and seeing people for who they are–not labeled by race, creed, sexuality or religion–that we truly see them as human beings who are broken, fearful, and in need.  When we sling out words and actions of dislike, hate, they return to us in the same manner.  We need to find power in self-giving love that helps heal a broken world. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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