March 14

Reflection

One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.
John 9:1-41

Blindness is a spiritual metaphor. How often our misery is caused because we cannot see the reality of our situation and have layered it with feelings, hurts and unwillingness to accept our own responsibility. We wander around in mental darkness and cannot see through the obstacles we hold onto so tightly. Our ignorance is a cause of our blindness. We cannot seem to open our minds and take time to learn the truth. We are unhappy and alone. Then something happens that awakens us, an insight, a concerned word of truth, a loving presence and, we get the strength to open our eyes and accept the facts. The eyes of our spirit are opened and we see. We become whole again and relief sets us free. Light has shone in the darkness.

Prayer

Lord. That I may see.

Action

What causes the blind spots in your life? How unaware are you of your own responsibility for them? Are you open to insights and help?

Suggested Reading

The man answered and said to them,
“This is what is so amazing,
that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.
We know that God does not listen to sinners,
but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him.
It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind.
If this man were not from God,
he would not be able to do anything.”
They answered and said to him,
“You were born totally in sin,
and are you trying to teach us?”
Then they threw him out.
John 9: 1-41

This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Matthew 13:13

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
 Søren Kierkegaard

I think we all suffer from acute blindness at times. Life is a constant journey of trying to open your eyes.
Olivia Thirlby

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Helen Keller 

Most of us have such psychological “blind spots,” aspects of our personalities that are obvious to everyone but ourselves.
Martha Beck 

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Robertson Davies

Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.
Jon Bon Jovi

Your perception of the world is not necessarily the same as what is actually occurring.
Peter Ralston

Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.
Margaret Cho

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