Just as the blind man “seeks” to see who Jesus is, so too Jesus seeks to save what is lost. The verb in both cases is the same, although the translation misses this. The question then is this: Is the Church seeking to save what was lost? Or have we closed our doors and window lest the modern get to us? It seems to me the latter; we’re at risk of becoming a group of people merely hoping to protect ourselves from the world, rather than being in the world to seek what was lost.

My imagination goes to those in crushing poverty who work the great garbage heaps in some non developed countries in order to find things that may have some “market’ value. Or perhaps ourselves and our “lost” children”. We’ve come too quickly to write certain kinds of people off, just as the Pharisees has written off the tax collectors

I’m also imagining the crowd following Jesus composed of every sort of person with every sort of motive and intention, much like a modern congregation. One never knows who is out there in the pews!

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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