The 4th Sunday of Lent Readings (1 Sam 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41), give us a glimpse into the ways of God.
In the First Reading (1 Sam 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a), David, the weak and least of all, becomes first, and chosen by God to be a king. In choosing the unlikely one, the unanticipated one, one seemingly so small for a task so great, God shows us that nothing is impossible with his help, and that we shouldn’t rush to judgement. God sees potential and opportunity where all we might see are shortcomings.
Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau, The Shepherd David, ca. 1895
This glimpse into the ways of God, is on full display today’s Gospel. Many in Jesus’ time considered blindness as a curse. A blind person was “nobody” since he was unable to work to provide for his family, and he lived as a beggar on the streets. For Jesus to give this man the gift of sight meant a rebirth and restoration into society. The Lord offers the same to all who believe.
Christ Healing the Blind by El Greco
As we continue along our Lenten Journey toward Easter, we pray that the Lord may continue to open our eyes to what we need to see, to heal our blind spots, that we may look at each other the way God looks at each of us, and see the world around us as God sees it, with love and with mercy, AMEN.
“Fear not, I am with you always, until the end of the age”- Mt 28:20
Peace be with you!