Custody of the eyes

Friends in the Lord, sight is one of the greatest and most precious gifts God has given to us. I saw a woman in the hospital whose eyesight has been weakening over the years, she finally said, ‘Now I’m blind father.’
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Today in the gospel we see this blind man who hears that Jesus is coming by. The crowds try to silence him – but he keeps crying out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ Our Lord performs yet another miracle – he heals the man’s sight.
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God has given us our senses to be used for good things.  Sight can be used for great good, but also for evil. Our eyes allow us to bring into our minds an enormous about of the world around us, and this puts upon us a great duty to guard our eyes.
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King David committed the sin of adultery and murder because he did not guard his eyes under temptation. It wasn’t when David noticed Bathsheba bathing at her pool that he sinned, it was when he chose to gaze at her, it was then that he committed a mortal sin of lust. St. Alphonsus tells us, it is not in the first glance that one sins, it is the second – when we drink in the sin.
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Our eyes can lead us to greed; looking at things we’d like to have, again and again – envy over our friend’s house, or another person’s outfit – eyes provide the fuel for our covetousness.
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Guarding our eyes from immodestly dressed people, glancing away from indecent billboards or pictures – in this way we guard a gateway to our soul, and continue on the happy path of Christ.
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You may have read that recently the Pope said that he hasn’t watched television since 1990. Why? I heard that he was with some Jesuit brothers and some show was on – some kind of bad commercial or something indecent came on – he swore to the Blessed Virgin then and there not to watch television again.
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The Lord is with us, dwelling in our soul; we must safeguard this divine life by guarding our senses. God gave us our eyes as a gift; then we should show him our gratitude by using them well.

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