In St. Paul's first letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14), Paul spoke of his transformation in grace, which strengthened his realization that he, as a human person, was ignorant in sin, and could only realize God's Wisdom in the wondrous gift of God's Son in his life. In Paul's own words, "I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief." Sin, quite simply, is ignorance. It is, however, ignorance without an excuse. For it is the ignorance of our sin which motivated Jesus to give His Life on the Cross for us, expressing God's gratuitous gift of Mercy in His unfathomable Love. For the Wisdom of the Father, manifest in Jesus the Son, conquered ignorance through His Body and Blood.
And that is why painful repentance is, in ignorance without bliss, the only path to Wisdom.
The Psalmist (Psalm 16) reminds us that their are many who cry to the Lord in external religiosity, who also cry to idols in popular pandering (see verse 2). But the ignorant man, or woman, neck deep in the disgusting muck of sin, comes to a stark realization that Wisdom comes, not from self-manufacturing, but from above in the mysterious, but Mercifully revealed grace of God. For the psalmist reminds us, '...you, and you only, hold my lot secure...' For God alone brings us to the enlightenment of faith and hope in His Charity; therefore, no vocation, no job, no experience, no riches, no talents, no material object, no stature, no earthly power, and, certainly, no human person can bring us the fullness of God's Light in Jesus Christ.
For this is the sole domain of the Holy Spirit. Sent from the Father through the Son.
And this is where ignorance meets the Eucharist in God's perpetuated, Loving condescendence in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. For Jesus knows that we need His Merciful Presence every step of the Way. For in today's gospel Jesus reminds us, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher..." And in Divine Wisdom, Jesus left us, through the continuous working of the Holy Spirit within His Church, His enduring presence for our salvation. Truly, ignorance was conquered, once for all, in the Perfect Sacrifice of the Cross on Calvary. Alleluia! Yet, ignorance, once the dominant factor in the world after Adam and Eve's fall, yet conquered in Christ, remains an option for the, still, imperfect human person. So, Jesus, at the Last Supper, in Divine Wisdom, initiated the perpetuation of His Perfect Sacrifice on the Cross in the Eucharist.
Therefore, this perpetuation of salvation in the Eucharist brings, daily, our ignorance in willing submission to the overwhelming Wisdom of God, in the Body and Blood of our Savior, changing us back, ever so slowly, into God's original design as 'Images of God,' in saints who live and Love God's Wisdom.
And the Eucharistic Life includes us in this option, in free will meeting undeserved grace.