Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Total Blackout

There is a new reality TV show called Total Blackout. In this show, the contestants are brought into a room of total darkness in which they must perform certain tasks. For example, they have to reach into a box and feel a particular object inside, and then identify the object. Sometimes the boxes contain simple household items such as a brush, a small doll, and a feather duster. Other times they may be small, harmless animals like an iguana, a few eels, a handful of shrimps, and a puppy.

For the audience, the assigned tasks look pretty basic and actually a little ridiculous. But for the contestants, theirs is an utterly frightening situation. Several minutes into the game, many of them quickly become paranoid, and some even cry and desperately want everything to be over.

We see then how darkness can paralyse our senses. It becomes almost impossible to distinguish things; those that are good and benign are perceived as evil and threatening, and vice versa. It is even worse that in the darkness, our own minds can play tricks on us, by creating a variety of imagined scenarios that are so far-fetched from reality.

This is precisely the danger of the darkness of sin. Sin paralyses the senses of the soul. We no longer recognise God's greetings or warnings for us through daily phenomena. We no longer hear His voice that seeks to have an intimate conversation with us. Instead, because we are so accustomed to darkness, we may even have a faulty perception of God: His salvific laws are seen as a burden, timeless Tradition is perceived as out-of-date, Catholic morality is nothing but suffocating.

Apparently, Jesus's disciples in today's Gospel reading also cannot recognise Jesus, although they walk with Him everyday. They see His miraculous works and listen to His words first-hand, but when Jesus is seen walking on water towards them in darkness, what is it they think they see? A ghost!

So it is no wonder that the disciples are scared, and that is because they have not truly known the real Person of Christ. Their physical eyes see Him, but their souls' eyes are blind still.

What about ourselves? Do we really know the face of God? We Christians — Dominicans, in particular — have a noble task to preach the true face of God to the ignorant world. So do not be afraid to open ourselves to Him, to seek His glorious face, and to study His loving laws. Let us leave darkness and fearfulness, to approach the Light that illuminates all things. Let's fill our minds and hearts with contemplation of Him, so that this fullness may brim over and nourish the arid world.


Daily Reading for Wednesday, 8 January 2014

First Reading — 1 John 4:11-18
Responsorial Psalm — Psalm 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
Gospel Reading — Mark 6:45-52


Image: Still from Total Blackout


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