“I am the light of the world, says the Lord, the man who follows me will have the light of life.” Jn 8:12

After mockingly telling mass-goers at St.Patrick’s Cathedral to “open the brown books” (missalette) to page two” and follow along, the priest proceeded to omit a portion of John’s Gospel that recounts Jesus’ curing a blind man:

“Jesus heard they (the Jews) had driven him (the cured blind man) away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, Lord, I believe,’ and worshipped him.” John 9: 1-41

The omitted sections were marked with red brackets in the missalette, suggesting widespread willingness to disregard these words of the Lord. Many Jews continue to deny the Lord, seeing but not seeing, which is difficult to reverse — with so many in the Church doing so as well.

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