Grace to you!
Many immigrants are very adventurous. Tough. Dogged. Resilient. Yet many of them fall prey in the hands of deceit or become victims, no thanks to ignorance.
An Asian immigrant narrated her experience of coming to America on a student visa, and how wrong piece of advice from a Green Card holder would have landed her in trouble. Often, people who come to America 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.
The slippery slope of un-freedom is ignorance. 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. Unfortunately, it was during the final week of revision – the most important in view of examination preparations. He asked the friend to update him on what areas of interest the teacher wanted them to focus 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. He actually failed the exam, didn’t even make a pass. He had everything the teacher said upside down.
Some students are like that. When the teacher says something, they understand another. A blind leading the blind… terrible partnership!
Jesus 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 a 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. So, if we are to lead, the best way to do so is to first remove the speck from our eyes so we can see clearly how to show others the way.
Perhaps the project is: Have I been able to find my blind spots? I have to do so before I can lead better. Honesty in this matter is a good way to start.
Remember that famous Greek quotation popularized by Socrates: “Man know thyself.”
I pray that the grace of the Holy Spirit would shed the light for us so we can see the specks, overcome them so as to lead better, spiritually and otherwise. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.