Friday 11 September 2020

About Today Readings

Day of penance

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God! – Psalm 83(84):3-6, 12. Luke 6:39-42.

Can one blind man guide another?

I have often wondered about Jesus’ saying about the blind leading the blind. Once at a funeral of a vision-impaired man, I saw a group of his friends moving from the chapel to the refreshment room. And it really was the blind leading the blind, as they guided each other on their way. Yet because they understood each others’ challenges, they were the best guides and made it to the next room safely.

Perhaps these friends showed me that they were guided by more than each other, but also by compassion, generosity and, ultimately, God. And that made them patient and non-judgmental, the opposite of the hypocrites Jesus refers to.

We might consider today our own weaknesses that lead us to lean more on God and other people, and less on our own righteousness.

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