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Look to the Son, Not the Sun

In 2008 at least 50 people in India experienced loss of vision after gazing at the sun hoping to see an image of the Virgin Mary.

It happened in the Kottayam district at the house of a hotel owner, where a solar image of the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared. People flocked to the area, hastily christened Rosa Mystica Mountain, and gazed up at the sun, hoping to see the image for themselves. What they got was vision loss.

St Joseph’s ENT and Eye Hospital in Kanjirappally had recorded 48 cases of vision loss due to photochemical burns on the retina. Said an ophthalmologist, "All our patients have similar … symptoms. The damage is to the macula, the most sensitive part of retina. They have developed photochemical, not thermal, burns after continuously gazing at the sun." The health department put a sign at the house, warning people against exposing their eyes to the sun.

Suggested applications:

  • Jesus warned us against seeking after signs: "A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign…" Matthew 16:4
  • When we take our eyes off Jesus and His word, we are in danger of being deceived. 2 Corinthians 11:14

    Reference: Don Sebastion, "50 people looking for solar image of Mary lose sight," www.dnaindia.com (2-26-08)

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    Reference: James Owen, "Oldest Living Tree Found in Sweden," news.nationalgeographic.com (4-14-08)