Jesus give us sight so we can see the hearts of His people.

This 4th Sunday of Lent we are using the readings from Cycle A as we are celebrating the 2nd Scrutiny for our Elect (Catechumens).  As a community we are asked to pray for them as they continue their journey towards the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation this coming Easter Vigil.   We pray that they will be freed from darkness and become “children of light,” as said in the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians.  Last week we heard of the Samaritan woman at the well.   This week we hear of the man born blind.  We have all heard the phrase “Seeing is believing.”  The idea comes from skeptical people who won’t believe anything is real or anything is true unless and until they see it for themselves.  In today’s Gospel account the phrase “Seeing is believing” is paradoxically both proved and disproved.  It is proved by the blind man eventually seeing Jesus and acknowledging that indeed Jesus is “from God.”  The Pharisees, on the other hand, men who were sighted, did not or would not see Jesus for who He is. The blind man could see the sighted Pharisees were blind.  Like the blind one this Sunday we ask Jesus for sight: to see those near us - their heart, not just their appearance - and above all to see the reality of whom Jesus is.  We ask Jesus to heal our blindness so we can see our own children, our family members, our fellow parishioners.  As the first reading today says, we want to see not just the outward appearances, but their heart.  Our modern world has a particular form of blindness.  We have microscopes to see things very small and telescopes to see distant objects, but often we do not see what is closest to us.  It is terrible to not see those close to us, but there is an even worse form of blindness: the failure to see Jesus.  The man born blind has a lot to teach us.  He sees Jesus first as a "man" - a fellow human, then prophet (one who speaks for God), then a judge and   finally, Lord - the one true God.  This weekend we are called to walk in the light of faith, the light of the Easter fire.  It is a light that will warm us. This flame will also dispel the darkness in our lives.  The question for us is, what will we see?

Lenten Blessings!

Deacon Modesto Cordero