Our blindness and our proper vision PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 March 2017 13:06

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

UNLESS we see things through Christ who said that he is the light of the world (cfr Jn 9), we actually cannot see things as they ought to be seen. If we simply rely on our senses and even on our intelligence, but without Christ through the exercise of our faith, we actually are blind. This we have to acknowledge.

We need to be more aware of this predicament of ours and start to develop and use the appropriate means to correct, if not avoid, that delicate situation. We need to be humble and to always feel the need to be with God even in our most intimate thoughts, let alone, our words, deeds and public interventions.

There is actually no other way to correctly and properly understand and react to things and events in our life. We have to be wary of our tendency to rely solely on our human estimations of things, quite independent, if not contrary to the way God understands them.

In fact, not only should we be guarded against this tendency. Rather, we should also actively fight it, converting it into what is our proper way of thinking, judging and reasoning. And that is to do all these spiritual operations with God as the main guide and inspiration.

The story of the man born blind does not end there. The coup de grace still had to come. It continues: “Some of the Pharisees near him heard this, and they said to him, Are we also blind? Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would have no guilt, but now that you say, We see, your guilt remains.”

We have to be most careful when because perhaps of our education, our experience, our position, among other things, we feel that we would already have enough reason to make ourselves our own standard of what is true, good and beautiful.

We always need to be like the man born blind, and resist

the attitude of the Pharisees mentioned in the gospel. That’s simply because it’s when we acknowledge our blindness, deficiency and inadequacy to tackle our temporal affairs that we attract God’s grace, his light, his wisdom, his strength.

That’s when we would know how to live by the ideal of pursuing the truth in charity. Especially in our contentious issues, like in politics, we need to see to it that our views and opinions, no matter how strongly we feel about them, should always be given with utmost delicacy.

We would be quick to understand others in their opposing positions, and would know how to derive some good and benefits from them. We would know how to be open-minded and tolerant even as we express our opinions too.

To be like the Pharisees mentioned in the gospel is to make ourselves and no one and nothing else to be the standard of truth and fairness. We become rigid and closed-minded, prone to dogmatizing opinions, absolutizing what only have relative value.

It’s always good to acknowledge our blindness so we can see things clearly through God’s grace.