Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time, August 4
May We Look to Our Lord and to His Bride, the Church, As Our Leader, Knowing Full Well that As Long As We Keep the Eyes and the Ears of Our Hearts and Souls Focused on His Truth, We Shall Never Be Blind.
I am sure we are all familiar with the age-old expression, “the blind leading the blind”, and I suppose it might be derived from our Lord’s words from today’s Gospel, “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
But there is also a very old Hindu proverb which reads: “Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind.”
In order for us to better understand today’s Scripture Readings, and how they are relevant to us in our everyday lives, I would like to walk us through different personality types – not in any judgmental way, but only as a means of better discerning the will of God in our own lives.
In the different businesses which I had owned and managed over the course of my lifetime, I have had an opportunity to witness and to deal with various types of peoples: some good and some bad, some who are naturally born leaders, some who are risk-takers, and the rest who are content with the role of being natural followers.
The leaders are those who evoke a type of “take-charge” personality, mostly in positions of some form of authority. The followers are those individuals who are satisfied with not upsetting the status-quo or “making waves”. They may even be content with just going along and agreeing with whoever is making the loudest noise, even if that noise is not always agreeable with their own way of thinking or their individual consciences.
The problem with both of these scenarios is that they are symbiotic. In other words, they depend upon each other. Those leaders who are self-centered, and some of those who are also risk-takers, are oftentimes reveling in their own egos, and they relish having people look up to them. Those who are followers oftentimes depend upon these influentially and persuasively poor leaders to guide and show them the way, because these followers are hesitant or afraid to make decisions on their own.
It is almost as though those leaders whose integrity is questionable are so misinformed, or willfully choose to remain uninformed, that they unwittingly pass their ignorance upon those who are dependent upon them.
I am saying all this because we can see this sad relationship in so many “third world” or underdeveloped countries, wherein, through either scare tactics or military might, many peoples succumb without voicing their objections, oftentimes out of fear. And those who do object, because they feel they are right, or because they are trying to live their Christian conscience, are oftentimes punished or executed, becoming martyrs for what they believe is right and just, becoming martyrs for a cause in which they believe strongly!
We even see this, albeit in a much more limited sense, in developed countries wherein charismatic leaders, not only in the various cults which we read about from time to time, but even in the various governments, misguide and mislead their supporters and followers, all to the detriment and the general lessening of Divine Truth, not only in their own hearts and souls, but also in the hearts and souls of all those who follow them and hang on to their every word.
And we find this sad relationship within many government politicians, who support a platform embracing anti-Christian ethics, and who are endorsed and supported by many who have lost their sense of what is right and what is wrong. Sadly, we even witness this, to a certain extent, in today’s Presidential race in the United States!
And it is this dangerous symbiosis, this inter-dependency about which our Lord was speaking today – the blind leading the blind – for both are living in a darkness of false truth and false hopes, and neither is able to open their minds or their hearts to the Eternal Light of God’s Truth.
And this is an extremely sad relationship, totally different from the relationship we find between Jesus and His disciples, for theirs was a relationship governed by SELFLESS love, not selfish ego!
It is so totally different from the relationship which we find between our Church and ourselves, for the True Church is the Bride of Christ, which only wishes to guide us into a closer, more loving communion with the very God who created us, the God who redeemed us, and the God who continuously enlightens and sanctifies us.
And we find this loving relationship in the second part of our First Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. God, as a loving and caring Father, needed to chastise His children for their disobedience, not unlike those of us who are parents trying to teach our children, sometimes with necessary discipline. But we never stop loving our children. And God never stopped loving His.
And God says to His children of Israel, “See! I will restore the tents of Jacob, his dwellings I will pity; City shall be rebuilt upon hill, and palace restored as it was. From them will resound songs of praise, the laughter of happy men.” And, in the end, He says, “You shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
– a loving God, a loving Father, guiding His children to follow Him in His Truth – all through the total, virtuous giving of selfless Love.
May we look to our Lord, and to His Bride – the Church, as our leader, knowing full well that as long as we keep the eyes and the ears of our hearts and souls focused on His Truth, we shall never be blind –
– for His Truth, His Leadership is the Best and Holiest of all leaderships which shall, one day, guide us to the eternal reward which awaits each of us who are His true and faithful followers. †
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Scripture for the Day
- “[Jesus] said in reply, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. If a blind person leads a blind person, both will fall into a pit.’” (Matthew 15:13-14)
- “…I will restore your health; I will heal your injuries, says the LORD…See! I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents, on his dwellings I will have compassion; A city shall be rebuilt upon its own ruins, a citadel restored where it should be. From them will come praise, the sound of people rejoicing.” (Jeremiah 30:17ab, 18b-19a)
- “Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me.” (Psalm 51:3-4)
- “For your name’s sake, do not deliver us up forever, or make void your covenant. Do not take away your mercy from us…but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy. Deliver us by your wonders, and bring glory to your name, O Lord.” (Daniel 3:34-35a, 42b-43)
- “I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.” (Hosea 2:21-22)
- “You shall be my people, and I will be your God.” (Jeremiah 30:22)
- “For I, the LORD, do not change, nor do you cease to be sons of Jacob.” (Malachi 3:6)
- “My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Prayer for the Day
“Most Holy and Eternal Spirit,
as we travel through life and experience Your gift of faith,
teach us to recognize the different ways
by which You speak to us in our daily lives.
“Amidst the many distractions of the world,
amidst all the distortions and pervasions which exist,
may we never ignore Your Voice
in the ordinary events which we experience daily.
“We humbly pray for Your grace
enabling our hearts to always be opened to Your Holy Presence,
always remaining attuned to the inspirations and guidance
which guides us in a holy and right relationship with You.
“And may our eyes and ears always be openAnonymous
to the path upon which You are directing us –
for the sake of our salvation and, most especially,
for the greater honor and glory of our Heavenly and Most Loving Father. Amen.”