Deacon Mike Jones:
Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church
Here’s a story from the headlines that all of you will remember. In March 2019, the FBI announced the completion of “Operation Varsity Blues,” a nationwide scam in which wealthy parents paid outrageous bribes to get their children into prestigious colleges like Yale and Stanford. Fifty people were charged in the scandal, including parents, test administrators for the ACT and SAT, and college coaches who all collaborated in getting unqualified students admitted to big-name schools.
In addition to the bribes, the folks involved in this scandal falsified test scores on the ACT and SAT exams, made up fake awards and honors on the students’ college applications, paid professionals to take tests or attend classes for the students, and put the students on college athletic teams for which the students had no actual athletic experience. Some parents even photoshopped their kids’ faces over the bodies of professional athletes to make it look like their kids had real athletic experience.
Let’s change the conversation for a minute. What do you think would be the most difficult aspect of being born blind? What would you miss out on? What would you need help with? How do you think other people would treat you?
As Jesus went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’
Because if the blind man didn’t deserve his disability, then we don’t deserve our ability. We don’t deserve our blessings and comfort and safety and health and happiness if he didn’t deserve his blindness. And if none of us deserves our lot in life, then none of us can boast of complain if our lot in life changes. Whether to win or lose, we don’t deserve either state.