January 28, 2014
The Following of Jesus
29-30 “In fact, if your better eye leads you astray, scrape it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your body parts than for your whole body to get thrown out into the trash. And, yes, if your better hand leads you astray, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your body parts than for your whole body to throw out into the trash.
How hard is it to change your point of view? How hard is it to suffer the loss of sight, the use of a hand, the medical news of real pain ahead?
How much harder it is to wake up to what you have failed to see for much of your life? How much harder to admit that you have missed a significant truth for much of your life!
I am reminded of the priest—Father William–I knew who discovered, when he was about 50, that women were persons—equal human beings. Young people suddenly awaken to their immature shortcomings, to their wasted schooling, to their foolish pursuit of popularity and conformity, and to their disdain for learning.
I see college students, after a year or two, suddenly get past their fun and freedom to enjoy the challenges and successes of acquiring knowledge.
Here is a suggestion. All of us miss fundamentals. All of us have at least one blind eye in my soul. You and I fear the violent change of discovering truly uncomfortable truths about my heart and soul-that I am—or may be—terribly, terribly wrong. That discovery—it is like losing an eye or an arm. I become a different person.
One obvious example—is the discovery that I think someone—a crippled person, an ignorant person, a retarded person, a poor person—is less than me. That person is my equal in God’s eyes. In God’s eye