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Blindness and an Insecure Existence

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  1 Timothy 1:1-2.12-14
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 6:39-42

A Personal Testimony of Paul

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Psalm 16: You will show me path of life


This life is unstable, insecure — it is existence under the constant threat of the wicked, the enemies lurking in the dark, and Death. But to the devout, the Lord is a refuge, a shield. He is also the inheritance of the faithful, the allotted portion no one — not even Death — can take away.

The responsorial psalm is taken from Psalm 16 which is divisible into two parts. The first part (1-6) is framed by a petition (Keep me safe) and assertions about God (you are my only good; you are my allotted portion, and cup). Between these frames, is a description of the place where the psalmist dwells: the holy ones are there, but there are also those "who court other gods". The psalmist is one who finds himself in a less than ideal world. There are two things that console him though: the reality of God, his "refuge" and "alloted portion", and a "destiny that is secure" (5). He has his hope fixed on this destiny which he describes as "wide pleasant places measured out" to him, "a beautiful inheritance" (6).

The second part begins with a blessing (7): he gives thanks to the Lord who instructs his heart even at night. The night is the darkness that envelops existence, foreshadowing death. But the psalmist is confident in the Lord who walks before him. Verse 10 is translated in the Greek as "For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, nor let your devout one see corruption". This Greek version is used in the NT for Jesus, God’s Beloved (see Acts 2:25-32; 13:35-37).

The psalm ends with a confident declaration that the psalmist will have life in the presence of God and enjoy "the delights of your right hand forever" (11). Thus, the psalm dovetails back to verse 6, to the inheritance that the psalmist is sure to possess.

Blind Guides Leading the Blind


Jesus’ two parables allude to the proverb: Without vision the people perish! (Proverbs 29:18) What does the illustration of a blind guide and a bad eye (the log in the eye) say to us? A bad eye left untreated and a blind guide can only lead to one thing — disaster! We can only teach others what we have been taught ourselves. And how can we help others overcome their faults if we are blinded by our own faults? A disciple is one who listens to the voice of the Master and who overcomes his faults through the skillful help of the Divine Physician. If we are to be guides and teachers for others, then we must have clear vision for where we are going and a map that shows the way.

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1 Timothy 1:1-2
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1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the commandment of God our Saviour, and of Christ Jesus our hope:
2To Timothy, his beloved son in faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
Luke 6:39-42
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39And he spoke also to them a similitude: Can the blind lead the blind? do they not both fall into the ditch?
40The disciple is not above his master: but every one shall be perfect, if he be as his master.
41And why seest thou the mote in thy brother's eye: but the beam that is in thy own eye thou considerest not?
42Or how canst thou say to thy brother: Brother, let me pull the mote out of thy eye, when thou thyself seest not the beam in thy own eye? Hypocrite, cast first the beam out of thy own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to take out the mote from thy brother's eye.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
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1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the commandment of God our Saviour, and of Christ Jesus our hope:
2To Timothy, his beloved son in faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
Acts 2:25-32; 13:35-37
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225For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.
26For this my heart hath been glad, and any tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope.
27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David; that he died, and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this present day.
30Whereas therefore he was a prophet, and knew that God hath sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne.
31Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption.
32This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses.
1335And therefore, in another place also, he saith: Thou shalt not suffer thy holy one to see corruption.
36For David, when he had served in his generation, according to the will of God, slept: and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.
37But he whom God hath raised from the dead, saw no corruption.
Proverbs 29:18
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18When prophecy shall fail, the people shall be scattered abroad: but he that keepeth the law is blessed.

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