This Sunday we have the account of the healing of the man born blind. The man who came into the light. Now Jesus is the only true light. The light we must follow for, as he said “As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.[1]

Jesus wants to heal the blind man of his physical complaint as well as open his eyes to the gift of faith. So, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man and said to him, “Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam” (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.”[2]

What a tremendous experience for the man born blind! His eyes opened to the wonders all around him. But more was awaiting him… Jesus heard they had driven him 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.”[3]

Some people see a cure and “walk on amazed, others see the same and find faith.[4] If we are people of prayer we learn to see with our internal eyes. We can walk in life with ever greater confidence knowing that the Lord is our Light, directing us around the hills and valleys until we reach the place that He has prepared for us, our heavenly home.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Jn.9:5

[2] Jn 9:5-7

[3] Jn.9:35-38

[4] Cf. https://www.catholicireland.net/sunday-homily/