Cycle A

Good News A15

Fourth Sunday in Lent

 

John 9:1-41 New American Bible

John 9:1-41 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“He put clay on my eyes. I washed and now I can see.”

             

            Before Jesus came to the earth people thought that bad things happened to people because they had sinned or their parents had sinned.  Jesus said it was neither this man nor his parents that sinned, this man was blind so that that the works of God might be made visible through him.  Jesus did what no one had ever done before...he made the blind man see.  Instead of thinking that Jesus could be a gift of God and working on God’s behalf, the Pharisees chose to believe that Jesus could not have done this because they said Jesus was a sinful man.  The man that could now see understood that Jesus was from God.  People who had always been able to see, could not understand that.  They could not see or understand that Jesus was the Son of Man. 

            So it is with us sometimes, we are blind to what God wants us to do.  Sometimes we don’t see the needs of others around us:  the homeless, the hungry, those who need clothing.  Sometimes we overlook the fact that our younger brothers and sisters need guidance and leadership, a good example of what Jesus would do if He were in the same situation as us.  Sometimes we don’t want to see our own failures and ask God to help us to see so that we can ask forgiveness and so that we can change for the better.  It may be that many people have helped us and we fail to recognize them by saying, “Thank you very much.”   We can improve because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  We can see what God wants us to see when we ask this through Christ our Lord.        

            Say the “Our Father” and ask God to remove the blinders from our eyes so we can see the path he has planned for us!

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

 

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