Friday, September 9, 2011

Seeing within changes one's outer vision

"Love is not blind -- it simply enables one to see things others fail to see." - Anonymous

Gospel text (Lc 6,39-42):
Jesus told his disciples a parable:
"Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
"Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,"
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."

St. Paul is a living example of Jesus' parable of a person failing to see the beam in their own eye. Paul describes his pre-conversion years as follows: "I was once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a man filled with arrogance" (1 Tm 1:13). "I went to extremes in persecuting the Church of God and tried to destroy it" (Gal 1:13). Paul thought he saw a speck in the eyes of Christians and tried to remove both speck and Christian (see Acts 26:10). However, Paul had a beam in his own eye (Lk 6:42), because he couldn't see that Jesus was God.

Jesus appeared to Paul in "a light more brilliant than the sun shining in the sky at midday" (Acts 26:13). The plank in Paul's eye melted in the light of Christ. Paul's physical eyes were blinded by the light, but Jesus came "to make the sightless see" (Jn 9:39), and so Paul's "innermost vision" (Eph 1:18) beheld the truth that Jesus is Lord and Head of the Church. When Ananias prayed over Paul, "something like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his" physical sight as well (Acts 9:18). Paul may have struggled with physical eyesight in later years (see Gal 4:13-15; 6:11), but his spiritual sight was always a perfect 20-20.

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