Jesus heals the blind man
Jesus the “Light of the world” gave
sight to the blind! Spiritual blindness is an extremely prevalent reality.
However, spiritually blind eyes can still have their sight restored.
This short article will bring to the
light three major reasons for spiritual blindness and then three remedies to
conquer this blindness! May Jesus the “light of the world” dispel the spiritual
blindness in our souls!
Jealousy can start quite young!!!
JEALOUSLY AND ENVY. One of the Capital sins is Envy. A definition for envy: “You feel bad because somebody else has
something that you do not have and when something bad happens to this person
you rejoice.” Cain killed Able due to envy.
Saul tried to kill young David because of envy. Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt due to
the envy of his brothers. Finally, one of the principal reasons for the
condemnation, crucifixion and death of Jesus was the envy of some of the Jews.
Have you ever given into jealousy or envy in your life? Time to repent!
BITTER ANGER! Anger does not fulfill the justice of
God. When the passion of anger has
gotten control of your life, it is probably best not to speak and react towards
others; this could prove catastrophic! We have to learn to cope with our anger
and learn techniques to extinguish the fire and calm down.
Modern idols are many!!!
IMPURITY. Without a doubt one of the chief causes of
modern spiritual blindness is a rapidly increasing viewing and addiction to
pornography! One of the principal reasons why is the easy access to
pornography. A half a decade ago, porn was available mostly through a magazine
or two. However today no matter where one turns he is literally bombarded with
impure images : T.V. programs and
commercials, Cable, Movies, Magazines, Newspaper advertisements, modern dress
apparel, immodest dress in general from Spring till the Autumn Season, and most
especially the easy access to Internet--- the sources never end! It is like an avalanche
that has started and in full force!
There is barely anything in the world that militates more fiercely
against growth in the spiritual life then giving in to impurity. St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor,
asserts that impurity causes spiritual blindness and leads even to hating God. Many will reject God, the Church, the
reception of the Sacraments because they have become addicts--- to one of the
tentacles of the ugly octopus of impurity, especially internet porn! May God
save us, heal us and restore our sight!
As Jesus healed the blind two
thousand years ago, so He is just as powerful today to heal all spiritual
maladies and that of course includes spiritual blindness! Our prayer should be:
“Lord grant me light to contemplate the beauty of your face now and for all
eternity!” Following are three ways that
we can use our eyes well so as to glorify God, sanctify our souls and live out
the beatitude: “Blessed are the pure of
heart for they will see God.” (Mt. 5:8)
Jesus becomes alive when we meditate on the Bible!
MEDITATE ON THE WORD OF GOD. What chlorine is to the pool water, the Word
of God is to the human mind. If our mind has been contaminated by indecent and
impure images they must be dislodged, purified and discarded. One of the most
efficacious tools to rid one’s mind of bad images and to restore spiritual
sight is the daily reading, meditating and even memorizing of the Word of God.
The Psalmist describes the Word of God as a light and lantern for our steps!
Jesus is the Word of God and the Light of the World who came to dispel darkness
and even blindness!
Let us praise the Eucharistic Lord!
CONTEMPLATE THE EUCHARISTIC
LORD. When Jesus lived 2000 years ago
people could not always see Him. When He was in Galilee, He was not at the same
time in Jerusalem. In other words, even though Jesus could have been in many
places at the same time, He decided to limit His presence to one time and
place. Right now we have an extraordinary grace: contact and exposure to the
Real Presence of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the most Blessed
Sacrament. In all of the Catholic
Churches throughout the world Jesus is present in either the Tabernacle or
exposed in the monstrance and sometimes both at the same time! He invites all to come to Him: “Come to me all of you who are weary and you
will find rest for your souls because my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I
am meek and humble of heart.”(Mt. 11:28-30)
What a privilege we have right now: to visit Jesus, look at Him present
in the Blessed Sacrament and to love Him with all of our hearts. The Psalmist once again invites us: “Look
to the Lord and be radiant with joy.”
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!
CONTEMPLATE THE FACE OF MARY. All of us should form the wonderful habit of
praying to Mary every day: the Morning Offering, Angelus, Memorare, Litany, and
especially the Holy Rosary. While
praying to Mary it is of great help to have before our eyes a beautiful image
of Mary—statue, painting, icon, mural, mosaic, stain-glass window…. Prayer is
the lifting up of the mind and heart to God.
By contemplating a beautiful image of Mary, such as Our Lady of grace,
Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of
Perpetual Help, a transformation takes place in our eyes, mind, heart, soul and
even in our body! The scales of our
spiritual blindness fall from our interior eyes and we are able to see God and
all that refers to God with greater clarity! Indeed among the many beautiful
titles given to Mary, several refer to light:
Mary, star of the sea, Mary, morning star, Mary, the star of
evangelization. Blessed Pope John Paul
II in his Apostolic letter on the Rosary, in which he introduced the Mysteries
of light, stated that we should strive to contemplate the Face of Jesus through
the eyes of Mary. Let us cure our spiritual blindness by contemplating the
beauty of the face of Mary, the “Masterpiece of creation”. (St. Louis de