Fourth Sunday of Lent
The Blind Man Sees
By Sister Mary Grace Leung
“A blind man sees the light; Our eyes open when we live with Jesus”
The text from John’s Gospel invites us to meditate on the healing of a man born blind. As we read the Gospel, we notice how the blind man reacts to the negative reactions of the authorities and the way the blind man opens his eyes concerning Jesus.
The blind man cannot but witness to the truth: “I was blind and now I can see!” The Pharisees question him again and the blind man answers: “I have told you once….Do you want to become his disciples too?” The light of faith grows in the blind man when faced with the blindness of the Pharisees. He does not accept the logic of the Pharisees and confesses that Jesus comes from the Father. The blind man’s profession of faith causes his expulsion from the synagogue because those who professed faith in Jesus Christ had to break all family and community ties. Even today, those who decide to be faithful to Jesus run the risk of persecution or exclusion.
I was once a catechumen preparing for my full initiation into the Church. Lent is a time of remembrance of the anticipation and hope I felt for my baptism and profession of faith in Jesus Christ. I too was faced with doubt from some of my friends and relatives who did not receive the gift of faith that I had. However, like the blind man, I came to full faith in Jesus step by step. My eyes were opened to see Jesus as my Savior and my God through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Jesus does not abandon those who are persecuted for his sake. He meets the man again, and invites the man to go one step further in his faith. Jesus asks: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man replies: “Sir…tell me who he is that I may believe in him?” Jesus replies: You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.” The blind man exclaims: “Lord, I believe!” And he worships Jesus. He has absolute trust and accepts everything from Jesus. The blind man who could not see ends up seeing better off than the Pharisees; he discovers the light.
We are challenged to face our blindness, whether it’s spiritual blindness or blindness in our thoughts, attitudes or our actions toward others. Jesus comes to heal our blindness and we see that he is the light of the world. He meets us as we are, in our sinfulness and neediness. Jesus calls us to shed our blindness and to see the world and one another through his eyes!