"The eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked" (Gen 3). This dreaded self-consciousness lies at the root of sin. Preoccupation with how we're doing, with what people think of us when they see our faults, our vulnerability, our strengths, and our good deeds...it is paralyzing! OK: I will try not to think of myself too often. Here I go about my business, not thinking of myself...and before you know it, you're right back where you started.
Then there's the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, wondering just what the heck happened with the removal of almost two dozen priests. What did they do? What did the leaders do, or fail to do? Who can be trusted? Most of all, how are these children, no doubt most of them adults now?
Then there's the people of Japan, hit by a monstrous earthquake and tsunami. How can they possibly rebuild, if they're even alive to rebuild?
Lord, help us to make the best of our opened eyes by facing all the effects of evil in our world and in our selves. Help us to focus more on the other person, and what he or she needs right now. Guide us to solutions.