Sunday, March 22, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Lent
1st 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
Psalm 23;1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
2nd Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel John 9:1-41
“Tell me what you believe about God.”
It isn't a strange question, especially in times like these, when some people are experiencing upset and turmoil on many levels. Another way to put it is, on what or whom can I depend?
Then I imagine that if this were a parable, this is the Gospel story that Jesus would tell.
The disciples respectfully as Jesus their Teacher, who sinned the man or his parents. In other words, does God punish from one generation to the next?
Jesus not only speaks of salvation for the man but performs a miracle. He desires to show people the goodness of God. In our first reading, Samuel tells Jesse the same thing about his sons: God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The LORD looks into the heart.
Secondly, Jesus tells the disciples that He is the Light of the word. They have walked in darkness and followed their map. He brings newness into their lives. He does it not only why words, but also action. Jesus takes clay and oil and anoints the man's eyes. He asks us to be Light also in troubled or discouraging times.
Finally, look at the question that Jesus asks the man who was blind. "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" Jesus continues by saying, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he."
Those words are for us this Lent. For the times we have been blind, sinful, discouraged, angry, etc., Know that Jesus is with us. There's no time for blame, fault-finding, or guilt. Let us walk in the Light of Christ and learn of His ways.