Our Lord frequently made use of material things in order to teach a spiritual message. In today’s Gospel he uses the occasion of meeting (and healing) a man born blind to teach us to “see” with eyes of faith. “There is no one so blind as the person who will not see,” i.e., the person who chooses not to see. Lent is such a great time for spiritual renewal. And the Church enriches our experience of Lent by selecting for our reflection some of the most startling Gospel accounts. Last Sunday, today, and next Sunday, the Church draws from the Gospel of John with the stories of the “Woman at the Well,” the “Man born Blind,” and the “Raising of Lazarus.” I encourage you to spend some extra time today to read carefully these Gospel accounts, especially today’s Gospel of the “Man born Blind.” If we observe times of quiet prayer – alone with God – He will help us see where we have wandered from the Truth. Pray that the Lord may open your eyes to see the fullness of the Truth to which he is calling you.
Today, Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday, marks the midpoint of Lent. It is a time to pause, assess how I have observed this holy season thus far, and recommit myself to a fruitful conclusion of Lent. We are just a few weeks away from the holiest week of the year. The Holy Week Liturgies provide the opportunity for us to enter more fully into the Sacred Mysteries of our salvation. From Palm Sunday, through the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday) and the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) we journey with the Lord to arrive at His glorious resurrection. Mark your calendars for Holy Week. I encourage all our parishioners to participate in ALL the Holy Week services if possible. What a great culmination for Lent!
May God bless you!