Posted by: livingscripture | March 30, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day


Go and wash in the pool of Siloam.  So he went and washed, and came back able to see.”    John 9:7 


How should we live this Wordhealing_of_the_blind_man_jekel_t[1]

The cure of the man born blind closely regards us because we are all, in a certain sense, born blind.  A new born baby is almost blind, incapable of distinguishing colors and shapes.  It is only after a few weeks that it begins to focus on objects.  If the baby were able to express its emotions when it begins to see clearly its mother’s face and colors, it would utter a cry of marvel!

Jesus cured the man born blind and many other blind persons in the Gospel to awaken us from our torpor and make us more attentive and aware.  We are blind in another way as well.  There is another seeing that must be open to our existence beyond the physical.  It is the eye of faith, the eye of the soul.  This begins to open on the very day of our Baptism when we receive the gift of faith.  This is why the ancient Christianity of the Church Fathers called it ‘illumination’ and the baptized were called ‘illumined’.

In the Gospel description of the cure of the man born blind, there is a gradual process of illumination that is accomplished parallel to the discovery of Jesus’ true identity.  At first, Jesus is only a human being for the man.  He says, “The man called Jesus made clay…”  He then affirms, “He is a prophet!”  He understood that Jesus was sent by God and speaks and acts in His name.  When he again meets Jesus, he cries out, “I do believe, Lord!” and he worshiped Him, thus openly acknowledging Him as His Lord and God.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to cure my blindness so that I may see Him as God and adore Him with love.

Jesus, You are the true Light come into this world.  Without You I am a blind person, immersed in the densest darkness.  Only You can open my eyes! 

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis

Those who believe, see.  They see a light that illumines the whole stretch of road because it comes to us from the risen Christ, the morning star that never sets. 


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