Grace to you!
An immigrant narrated her experience of coming to America on a student visa and how a wrong piece of advice from a Green Card holder would have landed her in trouble. Often, people who come to the United States on a work visa give wrong recommendations to those who come on visiting or student visas. If the non-immigrants don't dig deeper, look for legal immigration resources to know the facts, it could mess up their immigration status. Many have been out of status due to ignorance.
Lack of practical knowledge of things is a real challenge to true freedom. Ignorance of things one is supposed to know is limiting in many ways. For instance, ignorance of basic online activities could compromise one's securities and make one vulnerable to scammers. The same principle applies in spiritual life also. It may be why God speaking to the prophet says: "My people are dying because of ignorance" (Hosea 4:6).
Another example. A student was absent in class for health reasons. It occurred during the final week of revisions, which is the most critical time of the semester given examination preparations. He asked his friend to update him on what areas of interest the teacher wanted them to concentrate on for the exams, and the friend did.
Unfortunately, during the exam, the student couldn't see any of the so-called areas of interest. He barely had a pass in that exam. When he inquired from the friend what went wrong, he realized that his friend got everything wrong. His friend failed the exam. He scored zero because he heard everything the teacher said, upside down.
Some students are like that. When the teacher says something, they understand another. When misinformation or someone blind in an area of human life leads another equally ignorant, it would be the most woeful partnership!
The Lord speaking to the disciples, who were to be the leaders of his people, asked: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?" (Luke 6:39)
You may look back during some of your years in school and recall those teachers who knew their materials pretty well. You would see that the clarity of their knowledge enhanced your search for knowledge. A leader with a clear vision inspires.
Consider those who muddled up the issues. In retrospect, times spent with them are seen as pure waste. You don't want to waste your precious time.
Ignorance (blindness) is a terrible thing. And all of us are, in some ways, "blind." At least figuratively speaking. There is no person without some speck or blind spot. So, if we are to lead, the best way to do so is first to remove the speck from our eyes so we can see how to show others the way. There would be no clearer vision when the speck of distractions and evil cover our spiritual sight of vision.
Perhaps the project is: Have I been able to find my blind spots? I have to do so to lead better. Honesty, in this matter, is an excellent way to start.
Remember that famous Greek quotation popularized by Socrates: "Man know thyself."
I pray that the Holy Spirit would shed light for us to see the specks and overcome them and lead wisely. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday of the 23 Week Ordinary Time:1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14; Lk 6:39-42]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.