Am I Blind?
The Gospels speak a lot about blind people.
They refer to us a number of miracles that
Jesus did giving sight to the blind. He healed
the visually impaired. He removed the clouding
of the cataracts. Why this insistence on
Maybe, He wants us to reflect about a deeper
blindness that is in us all. Many times,
we do not see… We do not see the love of
God in the circumstances of our lives. We
are so absorbed in our issues that do not
see others. Occasionally we do not even see
ourselves, we fail to recognise our shortcomings.
A good description of a Christian would be
someone who sees.
Two monks entered the room of their companion.
The room was very clean, everything was in
order, books on the shelf one next to each
other, the bed was made, everything spick
and span. The older of the two said: “Here
lives a holy person, because a clean room
reflects a clean soul”.
They moved on through the hallway and came
to a room of another monk. They went in…
This room was very disorderly, nothing was
in its place, the bed was not made, papers
on the floor, the windows were dirty. As
they walked out of the room, the older monk
said: “Here lives a holy person!” The younger
monk was surprised: “Have you not just said
that a clean room is a sign of a clean soul?
This room is anything but clean…” “Yes, I
did say so. But do you know why it is so
disorderly? Because the monk spends so much
time praying that he does not have time to
clean the room…”
The ability to excuse! Always. This is Christian
A blind person accuses. He spends his life
pointing his fingers towards others. Adam
blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent.
A person that sees, excuses. He understands.
He is compassionate. Jesus Christ, crucified
on the cross because of the envy of his enemies,
says in a loud voice, “Father, forgive them
for they know not what they do.”
Mother Teresa used to remark, “If we really
want to love we must learn how to forgive.”
“People ask me what advice I have for a married
couple struggling in their relationship.
I always answer, pray and forgive. And to
young people from violent homes, I say pray
and forgive. And again even to the single
mother with no family support: pray and forgive.”
This priest comes across a young man working.
It was Sunday. He went up to him and said:
“Mark, don’t you know it is Sunday today?”
“Yes, of course I know!”
“May be you don’t know that on Sunday one
cannot do any manual work.”
“Of course I know!”
“Then, perhaps this work you are doing is
“No, not urgent at all, I can do it tomorrow
or the day after!”
The priest looked up to heaven and said:
“I thank you, Father, because you have
youth so honest that even when they
wrong, they admit it…”
It was the Dalai Lama, I believe, who once
suggested, “If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion. If you yourself want
to be happy, practice compassion. Simple!
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