It is the 4th Sunday of Lent, Easter is just around the corner. It is the 4th Sunday of Lent and in our Readings today we hear of the contrast between the darkness of this world and the Light of Christ, our Shepherd-King. His light has permeated the darkness of the world and of our hearts and so He has abolished fear and given us hope.

Yes, we can no doubt all say that we were/are blind. Blinded by the jewels of this world, sparkling out at us, beckoning us to sometimes take the wrong road at difference crossroads of our lives or even at minor decisions in our day to day lives.

In today’s Gospel Jesus heals the blind man – a man blind from birth.[1] What joy he must have experienced as he saw the Light for the first time. He does not comprehend how such a miracle could take place. All he knows is that “He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.”[2] “I was blind and now I can see.[3]He probably said this to the Pharisees in a way that indicated they were blind themselves. He is not interested in all their questions. Who would be? Our faith can be like that - we sometimes cannot explain it to someone, all we know is that we were blind, but that now we can see.

Explanations are not always necessary, by living out your life in the light of the Lord, your Saviour, you can be touched by the Lord, who will heal you.[4] So that you too can say all I know is I was blind and now I can see.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Jn. 9:1-41

[2] Jn. 9:15

[3] Jn. 9.25

[4] Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church #1504

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