March 20, 2017
Those of us who are getting older are aware of the challenge of failing eyesight. So, we can only imagine the joy and relief of the young man who was given sight – for the first time – by Jesus. The Pharisees try to trap the young man and his parents to discredit Jesus, however the young man has called him a prophet. In the Jewish mentality physical illness or handicap was an outward sign of an sinfulness within. Such was not the case, as Jesus says, but to reveal the glory of God. Then Jesus turns his attention to the Pharisees and calls them blind, because –although they claim to be faithful to God and the covenant – their hearts, minds and spirits are far from revealing the presence of God, and his will, to the faith community. As we continue on our Lenten journey, the Lord calls us to examine our ‘sight’ so that we will not be blinded by pride and self-assurance, but will realize that all true sight comes from God, a sight that allows us to see ourselves, others, and the world with the eyes of God.