“Can a blind person guide a blind person?”
Blindness is a fitting image of the human condition we now know as original sin. Social sin is not the same as original sin, but flows from it, and is the accumulation of human choices to turn away from the light.
“Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light…” is a metaphor that captures our desperate human situation without Christ’s saving light that eradicate the effects of what we refer to as social sin. Social sin is the term the Church uses to refer to communal situations, social structures and institutions which are the result of the accumulated effects of personal sin. The Holy Father refers to it in these words: “Whenever the Church speaks of situations of sin or when the collective behavior of certain social groups, big or small, or even of whole nations and bloc of nations, she knows and she proclaims that such cases of social sin are the result of the accumulation and concentration of many personal sins.”
In the Eucharistic Prayer, we will proclaim: “Father… we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus. He came among us as a man, to lead us from darkness into the light of faith. Through Adam’s fall we were born as slaves of sin, but now through baptism in Christ we are reborn as adopted children…”
As we gather today, we ask God to let His light penetrate the darkness of our lives, shining forth in goodness, righteousness and truth. We seek His light and long to be become children of His light, good and pleasing in His sight.
God call us from our ordinary life and opens our eyes, through baptism and the other sacraments, into the insight of His mighty works. God call on us to believe, to worship and to follow the footsteps of His son. God call us to new life, to become enlightened children of the God’s light.