The One about Ignorance

If your brother sins against youOne of the most frustrating weaknesses of humankind is our ability to be ignorant and spread ignorance like a plague. In our media-driven world where the knowledge and facts are readily available, one would think that ignorance would be hard to come by. Yet people are as ignorant as ever. The onslaught of media in all aspects of life actually makes it more difficult to seek out the truth because of the quantity of opinions available. There are too many thoughts, too many sources, too many opinions to find the truth. It takes too much time to avoid ignorance so we simply allow ourselves to be ignorant.

They say ignorance is bliss. “If I do not know what is happening to the Syrian refugees flooding into Europe, I cannot feel bad for them, I cannot feel guilty for not helping in any small way, and I can continue living within my world of stability and comfort.”

Ignorance is bliss. If we do not know about the warfare, about the genocide, about the inhumane acts of terrorism, we cannot be stressed about it. We have too many troubles of our own to worry about, why should we care about someone else’s war?

“I’m tired because my daughter is teething and requiring a great deal of care and attention.”

“I’m stressed at work because we are taking on too many projects.” That also means “I’m stressed at work because we’re making too much money.”

“I’m worried about my kid going into public school next year, what if s/he starts hearing more about sex, drugs, and alcohol?”

“I’m anxious because…”

“I’m uncomfortable with…”

“I’m frazzled about…”

The list can go on and on. We all have “problems” like our kids are growing up too fast, our business is too profitable, or our friends are too caring about my life and are too nosy.

We are so bogged down with our own lives to acknowledge the pain of others. Not just the injustice of the Middle East but even the social problems of our own communities. When was the last time that we read about bad news and actually thought of the victims, their families, and what their life might be like now? When was the last time we read bad news and thought of ways that we could help?

“Well, it’s just too difficult to do those things, I’m too busy with my own life.”

You shall indeed hear but not understand,

you shall indeed look but never see.

Gross is the heart of this people,

they will hardly hear with their ears,

they have closed their eyes,

lest they see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their hearts and be converted

and I heal them.

Jesus asks us to open our eyes to the injustices of this world. Jesus asks us to open our ears and hear the cries of our brothers and sisters. Jesus asks us to lay down our worries, troubles, and pain at His feet so that we can love our neighbors properly.

There is so much strength in loving the neglected, the forlorn, the forgotten, and the refugees. We grow stronger each time we open our ears and listen to others and actually hear them. We grow stronger each time we see injustice and acknowledge it. We grow stronger because it is not only our brothers and sisters we are loving, it is Jesus.

The next time you hear of terrible news, do what you can to help. If all you can do is pray a rosary for the victims, then just pray the rosary for them. If all you can do is pray one Hail Mary and one Our Father, then just pray those prayers for them. If you are able to give, give generously. If you are able to serve, serve selflessly.

There is great turmoil in every society across the globe. With this great turmoil, Christ is asking us to step up, open our eyes, open our ears, and love as we are loved.

Daily Mass Readings: Jeremiah 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13 | Psalms 36: 6-7 AB, 8-9, 10-11 | Matthew 13: 10-17

About the Author

Megan Tobin is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in the USA. She freelances for The Catholic Moment diocesan newspaper located in Lafayette, Indiana and is the proud new, stay-at-home mother of a six month old baby girl. She loves spending time with her husband and their dog, an Australian shepherd. Megan likes the outdoors, sports, and loves to read. She is also an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Carmel, Indiana.

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  1. What a wonderful sharing! Thanks Megan for the awesome reflection of this today’s Gospel God bless you always in wherever you are.

  2. Sometimes I wonder what our word would have turned into without the word of God! Thanks sis for helping to propagate it. amen

  3. Thank you megan that is the world we live in everybody for himself and God for us terrible beviour,its time to turn around ask for God guidance,and be our brothers keeper.

  4. Thank you Megan for touching and opening heart. Please keep sharing your thoughts.Bless you.

  5. Thank you Megan, I find myself shutting off the news because of all the violence. I’ll be honest, it’s just to much and it frightens and overwhelmes me. I’m so thank I have a loving and caring God that understands my humanness. I pray for this world and some days that is the best I can do.

  6. Thank you for this powerful reflection! God has convicted me lately of being stuck in my own little world. If I am not open to those that need help around me, how can God use me to help? I think the first step is being aware of others and their needs and the next step is being open to how we can help. Jesus can help us to take these steps and not only give them the help they need but also spread His love.

  7. Powerful! I feel so guilty as I read your meditation. I am that seed that is sown between the rocks and thorns. I feel terrible now and want to do something better for the glory and honor of God, before I know it, the distractions of life will drift me of course. My daily prayer is for Jesus to break down that wall that blocks my way to doing things that I resolve to do. You hit the nail right on my conscience. I will ever be grateful to A Catholic Moment. Your reflections are so powerful that they help me , and other readers I suppose, reexamine ourselves. Thank you, Megan. God bless you and your family. You are a true sower of God’s seed!

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