Monday, November 18, 2013

True and false vision: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, November 18th, 2013

           Our readings this morning focus on true and false vision. 
            In the first book of Maccabees we see men and women that were swept away by Greek culture and religion.  They removed the marks of circumcision—a visible sign of a Jewish man’s faithfulness to God—and participated in forbidden practices.  Worse of all, they turned from God to worshiping what was not gods, setting up shrines to pray to these false deities.
            But some of the Israelites had true vision—“But many in Israel were determined and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean; they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die.”  These saw what was true—God—and were not swayed by cultural influence.
            The blind man from Jericho, ironically, could see better than the crowds.  When he heard a ruckus he asked what was happening.  They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”  It is important to know that this title—Jesus of Narazeth—would have been Jesus’ human designation as he was from Nazareth.  Yet remember how the blind man responded, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me!  The son of David was no mere man, he was to be the longed for Messiah.  By this cry the blind man expressed faith in Christ.
            Christ said it was this faith that made the blind man see.  Like many of the miracles of Jesus, a physical healing took place.  Yet the point of Jesus’ works was not to remain at the physical level but to inspire a spiritual conversion.  In this case, the blind man received even clearer vision of who Christ was.
            We pray that we may see clearly the Truth in our lives and respond in turn.

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