Beads of Joy 04-03-11
Blind Men See God's Light
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Spiritual blindness? I think this is an aliment that has spread across the globe. Many people are unfortunately very spiritually blind. You say, "What is spiritual blindness?" It's simply an inability to see and know God, and His Son. I know many people like this. Yes they claim to believe in God, but when you speak to them, you never see or feel the light of Jesus in their words. Instead they use science and technology as to their understanding of things, giving God the back seat credit of, "oh well yes, God had something to do with that." There is a huge difference between knowing Jesus and being in a relationship with Jesus. Anyone can simply know someone, or of someone. There is a huge difference when you really know someone personally, and they are part of your daily life. Like Fr. Larry Richards would say, "You can tell me, Father, your mother doesn't exist. I will tell you, yes my mother does exist. And you would say, Father how do you know your mother exists? Because I have a relationship with my mother, believe me when I say, I know my mother exists."
It is that relationship that brings to life that person. Our eyes are completely open when we know, that we know, we know someone. For those who are blind, sometimes all they need is a hand to hold, to help lead them to the Father. We are all on this magnificent journey together, selfishness and pride are not part of this journey. Let us do all we can to help lead and direct those people we know are blind. They could be blind from an addiction, from a simple lack of knowing Jesus, or even something as simple as a lack of faith. We are each others siblings in God's family; so as sisters and brothers let us watch each others back and help one another. How bright is the simple light that we each shine individually because of Jesus? St Francis of Assisi said it this way, "All the darkness in the world can't extinguish the light from a single candle." Let us be that single candle if we need to.
To give you an idea of how powerful and strong and everlasting "light" can be, check this out. How fast does light travel? You'd be shocked that the speed of light is one of the fasted things that travel throughout the universe. Nothing can even come close. God has designed "light" to be everlasting, and with an ability to reach far away places almost immediately. See the speed of light is 186,282.4 miles per second, WOW. You do the math, that's 11,176,944 per hour. Alrighty then, I guess that changes the meaning of what Warp Speed is. lol. Warp speed is suppose to mean, that it travels faster then the speed of light. Maybe on Star Trek, but not here; at this point and time in history and technology, we can not do that, our spacecrafts would disintegrate. A simpler explanation is this, it takes 8 minutes for light to reach the earth from the sun. The suns distance from the earth obviously fluctuates, but on average we are about 93 million miles away from the sun. Anything else taking eight minutes to travel 93 million miles wouldn't survive the trip. But in God's infinite wisdom, it is only "light" that can travel that fast, that far, and in the end it creates warmth, light and visibility for direction, and it completely takes away the darkness. Well God's Light is beyond warp speed, and His light goes straight into our hearts, our mind and our soul.
Today's Gospel: John 9:1-41
(Jesus Healing A Blind Man & Questions)
"As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man's eyes with the clay, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, "Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?" Some said, "It is he"; others said, "No, but he is like him." He said, "I am the man." They said to him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, `Go to Siloam and wash'; so I went and washed and received my sight." They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know. They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, "What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet. The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself." His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any one should confess him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age, ask him. So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become his disciples?" And they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if any one is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, "Do you believe in the Son of man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you." He said, "Lord, I believe"; and he worshiped him. Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind." 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."
Questions To Ponder Today:
-Do you feel that your vision maybe impaired in anyway?
-Can we be spiritual blind, and not physically blind?
-Doesn't your sin blur your vision, from seeing Jesus?
-How do you protect your vision from being blurred?
-Have you been to confession at all through Lent?
(Spoil a family member or close friend today, not with
gifts of this world, but rather a coffee and some Jesus.)
Look out for people's faith when you can, help them.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation