January 27, 2013 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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About two years ago, I was blind.  Seriously.  I was literally blind.  It was not the kind of blindness which sees no light, but the “legal” blindness which makes it difficult to live an everyday life.  I am sure that almost all of you have seen an eye exam chart.  I remember looking at the giant “E” at the top of the chart, wondering how someone couldn’t be able to see it because it was so huge.   Yet, I couldn’t see that big letter “E” when I had trouble seeing.  I want you to think for a moment.  What it would be like to not be able to read a book, see street signs, or recognize your friends when they are only a few feet away from you?  Many of us take our sight for granted – but I don’t any longer.

Can our bodies function without our eyes?  Without our arms?  Legs?  Of course the answer is yes.  I functioned while I was blind; but life wasn’t easy without my eyesight.  My habits had to change.  Right now my condition is managed through medication given to me monthly in the form of an injection into my eyeball with a needle (and no, it doesn’t tickle either).

The central theme of the gospel message is that there are many parts which make up one body, and all of the parts are needed for the body to work the way God intended it.  Which part of the Body of Christ are you?  Are you Christ’s hands -rolling up your sleeves and getting the work done?  Or are you Christ’s feet – the one who is always ready to go when someone needs help?  Are you Christ’s eyes – seeing the injustice in the world against the innocent?  Are you Christ’s ears – hearing God’s call for your life and responding with “Yes Lord, I hear You!”?

In the readings, Jesus was asked to read the following passage from the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives, sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.”

I have a unique perspective on the idea of giving “sight to the blind”, because I was once blind, and now I can see.  We are all called to be a part of the Body of Christ, and each part is important, no matter how small (like an eye).

What can you do this week to live out God’s call and be the best “part” you can be?

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