The blind leading the blind

Our Gospel presents us with four teachings of Jesus. The blind leading the blind: a parable of one line, very similar to the warnings that, in the Gospel of Matthew, are addressed to the Pharisees: "Woe to you, blind guides!" Here, in the context of the Gospel of Luke, this parable is addressed to the animators of the communities who consider themselves to be masters of the truth, superior to others. This is why they are blind guides. The disciple and the Teacher: Jesus is the Master, not the professor. The professor in the classroom teaches different subjects but does not live with the students. The Teacher does not give lessons, he lives with his pupils. His subject matter is Himself, His testimony of life, His way of living the things He teaches. The Teacher is the model to be imitated; the disciple not only contemplates and imitates the Teacher, but he also commits himself to the destiny of the Master, with His temptations, with His persecution, with His death; he not only imitates the model, he not only undertakes the commitment, but he comes to identify himself with Him. The splinter in the eye: Jesus asks for a creative attitude that enables us to meet the other without judging him, without preconceptions and rationalizations, accepting him as a brother. This total openness towards the other, considered as brother or sister, will only arise in us when we are able to relate to God with the total trust of children. The parable of the tree that produces good fruit: a well-formed person in the tradition of community living develops a good character within himself that leads him to practice goodness. But the person who does not pay attention to his formation will have difficulty producing good things. As we come closer to Lent, may the Lord help us to grow the seeds of his teachings in our heart.

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