A blind spot…

At a retreat this past weekend our students put on a few skits, one of which was a hilarious lampoon of the Duke Catholic Center staff.  It was great to see their creativity as well as their spot on depictions of our foibles.  If we can’t laugh at ourselves, who can we laugh at?  I felt bad for the students however, some of whom came around somewhat sheepishly later that night to make sure that I wasn’t mad at having been the brunt of some good jokes.  It was all good, but I guess in those moments there is always the risk that those poking fun may be making light of a dimension of someone’s life that while evident to everyone else, it is sadly not evident to the person being lampooned.  Such blind spots we all have, but it could be sad to discover them in the midst of someone else’s humor.  Not at all the case in my regard: they nailed me in areas I am more than aware of!

The blind spots of life come to mind as this Sunday’s readings focus on how we don’t always see as God sees.  We are challenged in this Lenten journey to allow Christ to heal us of our blindness and put on a new pair of glasses with which to see our faith. The blindness with which all of us have been born is the inability to see God’s love calling us to a deeper and richer life than what the world may paint for us to admire.  We have been schooled by culture to believe that mirage of perfection is an object to be achieved on our own and by our own devices.  However, God’s view of the world is not about performance, it is about relationship.  He calls us to see the person, not the product, and in seeing the person to see Him within the heart of the person.  Too often our lives are marked by attaining salvation rather than being engaged in love by the Holy Spirit.  The former puts us in control; the latter allows God to be God!

“Where are my glasses!”  – one of the classic quotes from the retreat skit that comes out of my mouth regularly as my farsightedness has me only using glasses when looking at things close up.  I hate wearing them, but can’t focus without them.  So too in the spiritual life:  I desire too often to see things on my own rather than appreciating that my vision of the world is too often blurred.  May I wear the lenses of the Gospel and see the world and our God as the Spirit has displayed in the hope that I will let go of the blindness that celebrates achievement over relationship.  I pray that this Lent will allow us all to acknowledge that blind spot, laugh at ourselves for our insecurity, and allow God’s Spirit to help us see the Lord calling us to greater love, blind as we may be!


Fr. Mike
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