By Rev. Michael P. Orsi, CNSNews, October 27, 20211
A priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, Rev. Michael P. Orsi currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida. He is host of “Action for Life TV,” a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues, and his writings appear in numerous publications and online journals. His TV show episodes can be viewed online here.
Miracle stories in the Gospels always have symbolic significance beyond the details recorded about a particular event.
For instance, the story of Jesus healing Bartimaeus, the blind man, is about more than just correcting one person’s disability, impressive as that might be. It’s about bringing light (spiritual insight) to a world walking in darkness.
This is an important point to keep in mind when reading the Bible in our own time. Ironically, after having 2,000 years to reflect upon the Gospels and their implications, we find ourselves groping through a new darkness that has descended upon the world.
Events, personalities, and assumptions we had considered basic to our moral and political heritage are being reevaluated and disparaged, even completely rejected. The latest example is removing the statue of Thomas Jefferson from in front of New York’s City Hall.
This is Thomas Jefferson we’re talking about — our third president and the author of our Declaration of Independence, the document that spells out all the principles on which our nation is based. …