Fourth Sunday in Lent: John 9:1-41
I’m sure we all recognize that the account of the man born blind from today’s Gospel is not simply an account of physical blindness and the recovery of eyesight. The real cure has to do with spiritual blindness. The truth is that we don’t see well at all when it comes to both seeing God and seeing other people. Beyond that, there is the matter of seeing and paying attention to the deeper realities hidden within the people and events that we encounter during our daily lives.
There are a few important things in our lives we ought to be looking into; our relationship with our families, for instance. Many of us have not given serious attention to relationships with husbands, wives and children. Neglecting serious examination leads to family miseries. We need to give our relationships close attention, otherwise they can be taken for granted.
The most important thing we need to look at is our relationship with God. It goes without saying that a lot of unhappiness is found in the lives of those who simply set God aside. They think they will get around to paying attention to God “later,” and later never comes around, often until it’s too late. We need to look at the “now” in our relationship with God.
An important vision connected to this has to do with how people see themselves. All too often they make snap judgments, superficial judgments, about what God is doing in their lives. At a shallow level they simply assume they know what God’s doing. They have false assessments of what God is doing because they have not seriously prayed over the matter; they have not made a discernment based on some contemplation and meditation that gives them a vision of God and His works throughout both human history and what He has been doing throughout their lives.
The secret to having good insight, inner sight, inner vision, is found in prayer, in spending time with God trying to see things as He sees them. If you take this route you will have some wonderful surprises. You’ll begin to see beauty in others, a beauty that others and we ourselves often miss because we have eyes to see but don’t really see. In spending some quiet time alone with God you will see God’s gifts in your life.
Lent is almost over. The good news is that the rest of Lent lies in front of us, giving us, in God’s good graces, more chances to utilize the time remaining to Embrace the Journey, from Ashes to New Life.