LISTEN: Reflection for the Eighth Sunday – Year C

In today’s Gospel, Jesus begins, by asking: can a blind person lead another blind person without stumbling and falling?

I couldn’t help but think that this may have been a slightly insensitive, even offensive, moment in Jesus’ ministry and also that Jesus was possibly wrong, and that our own turn of phrase about this is equally inconsiderate of the difference in peoples.

So just what was Jesus getting at?

It seems that our attention is drawn to an uglier side of ourselves, one that we too often fail to acknowledge. We are closed to the ‘defects’ in ourselves and somehow want to separate these two parts of ourselves. In short, there is a disconnection between our actions and our words.

These readings couldn’t help but flag for me the present state in Our Church and particularly among the most senior-ranking officials in the Church. And, I think that’s what the readings come to speak to us about today: personal coherence and authenticity.

Join Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Eighth Sunday of Year C.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

Ecclesiasticus 27:5-8; Psalm 91; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45

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Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ
B.A. (Hons) (London), B.Theol., STB (FAJE-UFMG)

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ (born in Coimbra, Portugal 1983; entered the Jesuits 2007; ordained deacon 2019) immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother at the age of six. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK) and theology (Brazil). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless.

r.dasilva@jesuitinstitute.org.za @ricdssj
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