Fourth Sunday of Lent - 26th March, 2017

Liturgical Reflection

1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7,10-13; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

The One Born Blind  


“Jesus saw a man blind from birth.”
Jesus tended him with spittle and paste.
Jesus then sent the blind one … to healing waters.

Are we not the blind ones today? Blinded by the post-truth and fake truth, Trumpism and Brexism, by manipulative, self-serving politic and empty rhetoric?

Are we not the blind ones today? Overwhelmed by Iraq and Afghanistan, by Syria and Egypt, by Indonesia and the Philippines, by South Sudan and Nigeria?

Blind-sided by issues around refugees, asylum seekers, aboriginal peoples, the poor and homeless, the addicted and the ‘lost’, the unemployed and under-employed?

Are we not the blind today?
Sitting by the roadside of the Royal Commission.
Confused by the rabble around environmental degradation and climate change.
Barraged by materialism and secularism, clericalism and isolationism.
Are we not sitting and begging, too?

“His neighbours and the people … brought the blind man to the Pharisees.” The Pharisees!
Argy-bargy about law and who is in the wrong! Fault finding, blaming, wrong-footing, nit-picking …

In this Year of Our Lord 2017, are we not like the blind leading the blind?
What is happening for us? Where are we going? Can we believe this is happening to us? Where will all this end?

“The Jews would not believe.” (Pause)

Jesus found the blind man: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

This is our Lenten call: to allow ourselves to be found by Jesus! To curb our riotous egos through prayer, self-containment, and concern for the other.

This is our Lenten challenge: to humbly accept that we are blind and come, come to the Light! If we listen to the word today, we remember our original baptismal washing, our eyes are again opened to see and encounter the living God.

Despite ourselves and our blindness, are we willing to allow God to touch and anoint the blind, dark places of our lives?

“Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
The blind one said, “Tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.”
Jesus said, “You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.”

Jill Shirvington OP