“Live as children of the light” (Ephesians 5:8)
We sing about it often. We ask for it in prayer. “…I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord…I want to see You, I want to see you.” What is this about blindness? The man in today’s Gospel was physically blind, but nearly as obviously, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for their spiritual blindness. What does that look like in our 21st century? How are we called to “Awake, O sleeper” as St. Paul startles the Ephesians in today’s second reading?
When I was a child, I was enthralled with Helen Keller stories. I decided that losing my eyesight would be the worst ability to lose. My gratitude for the gift of vision was and is strong. In my adult life, I’ve had 3 friends that were blind, each incredibly independent women. I learned that physical blindness affected some of their choices, but none of them let it become an obstacle to living life to the fullest and seeing the beauty of the world and the people around them.
I also grew to believe that spiritual blindness is more of an obstacle and burden in one’s life than most other things. Sometimes we inherit some of these blindspots and don’t even realize it: prejudices, grievances, fears, negativity, etc. Sometimes we hold onto them and hide in the darkness, at least for a while. But when God’s amazing grace stirs our hearts, we desire light. We long to see. We ask Jesus to be healed. With God’s help and our efforts, we can see again. We are freed to live as children of light. And once we see clearly, we can no longer pretend to not see.
O God, Source of all light and beauty, remove my blindness and help me to see you more clearly.
Sr. Pam Falter, OSF