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They have eyes but can’t see

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By Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD

By Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD

 

I know of a priest whose weakness was drinking. He developed peptic ulcer; it became so bad that the ulcerous portion of his stomach had to be removed surgically. Unfortunately that didn’t deter him from drinking.

He developed bleeding ulcer again. He was operated on, leaving only one-fourth of his stomach.

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His doctor told him, “Father, if you still continue to drink, I’m sorry to say but that will be the end!” (Funny because it was now a doctor sermonizing a priest!).

The “sermon” proved effective. The priest made a resolution never to touch alcoholic drink anymore.

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He fulfilled his promise and today, he is still alive and healthy. The cleric was once blind to his weakness but the prospect of a dire consequence jolted him to wake up.

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We encounter people who, like that priest, are blind. There are two kinds: people who are physically blind and those who are spiritually blind; people who want to see and those who refuse to see.

Of the latter Jesus, who’s referring to the Pharisees, says, “They have eyes but do not see.”

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These self-righteous religious leaders could not see because of hubris, an extreme form of pride, which thinks it knows all the answers.

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We are in some ways like the blind Pharisees. For instance, in arguments we insist we’re right when it’s clearly the opposite; all because we think it is a weakness to yield or accept the truth. Or, there are husbands and wives who choose to remain in the dark about what’s wrong with their marriage instead of seeking help or counseling because of  amor propio.

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With respect to graduations, there are parents who cannot accept their child graduated “salutatorian only.” So they raise hell contesting over a .01% difference with the valedictorian’s grade.

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Pride is the worst of all sins. It is the sin that makes a man feel that he is better than others, and that he doesn’t need help from anyone.

The proud person is impatient and oversensitive. He is affected by everything from a seating arrangement to the tone of a greeting.

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The proud man also feels that God is not necessary in his life.

Remember the huge British ship Titanic?   Its builder claimed:  “Not Even God can sink this ship!”   In 1912 when it started its maiden Atlantic voyage to the USA,  it struck a large piece of iceberg which sank it to its watery grave. As  the Biblical Proverb puts it:   “Pride goes before the fall!”

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We need self-acceptance, self-knowledge. That requires humility–humility to accept that you need help and humility to COOPERATE with God’s grace. In order to grow spiritually, humility is needed.

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May the season of Lent help us eradicate our spiritual blindness, see our limitations and accept our weaknesses so we can be cured and grow spiritually.

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THOUGHTS TO PONDER. Human pride is the hardest to die. It dies 10 minutes after one is dead.

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If you think you are indispensable, take a walk around the local cemetery. Rich or poor, famous or infamous, all life leads to the grave.

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Sign over a bar: “If you’re drinking to forget, please pay in advance.”

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ST. JUDE. Today join our novena to St. Jude, Saint of the Impossible, at the Divine Word Shrine, Christ the King Seminary, on E. Rodriguez Boulevard, Quezon City, after the 6 p.m. mass.

A healing prayer and anointing of the sick will follow.

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