Do you ever find yourself shaking your head at people in the Bible?
I do all the time.
I shake my head at the people around Jesus for taking so long to realize who He was and what He was sent to do ... even though He gave them all the answers.
I shake my head at the people who condemned Jesus despite all the good He was doing among them.
I shake my head at those who refused to believe Him - like some of those in today's Gospel that did not believe He gave sight to the blind man.
I shake my head at those who did not listen to Him, those that did not thank Him, and those that just couldn't be bothered with Him.
And then I remind myself that the Bible is a compilation of specific events that are pulled - and highlighted - from the rest of daily life.
So I can only imagine what the 2011 Bible would look like, had the Evangelists written about specific events from my life and the world we live in now ...
John 148:29 "Despite the poor and suffering in his own town, Michael sat on his couch and watched a mindless FBI TV drama. Others watched a show about twenty somethings worrying about how good their tan looked. And still others, a show about rich women arguing over what to serve at their cocktail party."
Mark 79:1 "The Bible sat on Michael's coffee table while he read the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. Worse yet (but not much), many people in that town did not even own a copy of this Blessed book. The Word of God was among them to read, and they looked the other way."
Luke 100:3-8 "... Jesus suffered greatly so that sinners could be forgiven. And yet Michael grumbled through one day of fasting, and was only half focused as he prayed the Rosary ...."
I can just imagine how badly future generations will be shaking their head at me...