Today’s readings show us how simple Bible sentences have worlds to teach us. Take this one sentence in the Letter of James: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
That sentence should not be taken as criticism of people who enrich their spirits with prayer, fasting and daily Mass. However, it tells us that there is an immense other side to being religious. that side is captured by those who put their efforts and resources into aiding the needy.In the Gospel we read of Jesus curing a blind man in two steps. First he restored his vision, but then he added to that. The second miracle gave the man a grasp of perspective which is something it takes new born children many weeks to master. The two part miracle shows us that Jesus had a modern grasp on what constitutes clear vision.