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Lenten reflection, fourth Sunday

Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Today’s Gospel reminds me of the expression “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” The blind man comes to sight, to faith.

The ones who can see—the Pharisees, the neighbors, even the parents—come to darkness.

At first the blind man refers to Jesus as “the man they call Jesus.” Then he calls Him a prophet; next, one from God. And finally he calls Him Lord. He gradually grows to sight while the seeing Pharisees go into darkness.

The journey of the blind man is one we must all undertake. What are our personal blind spots? How often do we not see things as they really are? How often do we assume we know who people are and who God is?

“Lord, I want to see” can be our daily prayer. Instead of being harsh on the Pharisees, we are called to reflect on our own blindness, to close our eyes in humble prayer and look within.

If, in our comings and goings, we use the eyes of our soul, the eyes of faith, we will begin to see Him everywhere.

Rev. John McGowan, C.Ss.R.
Long Branch, N.J.

Download our 2014 Lenten reflections booklet here.

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