A rabbi was concerned for a young friend who was becoming worldly and materialistic.
The rabbi invited him into his study and led him to the window.
“What do you see?” he asked.
There was a playground next to the house. “I see children playing,” the young friend answered.
Then the rabbi took a little hand mirror out of his pocket and held it before the visitor’s face. “Tell me what you see now?”
“I see myself,” he said wondering what was going on.
“Isn’t it strange,” the rabbi asked, “that when a little silver gets between yourself and others, you see only yourself.”
Source: “Materialism” #20, in
Frank Mihalic, SVD
1000 Stories You Can Use, Vol 1
(Divine Word Publications, Manila, 1989)
- What is it in your life that tends to get in the way of seeing what is offered for you to see?
- What blinds you, or if not so sever, what is it that blocks your vision?
- And here’s one quotation to chew on: “Cataracts are the third biggest cause of blindness. Religion and politics are the first two.”