4th Sunday of Lent

blind man

 

This Sunday is mid-lent, Laetare Sunday.  In the Gospel we hear the story of the  man born blind. This Sunday also recounts how, through the prophet Samuel, God chose David from the family of Jesse.     Paul, in  letter to the Ephesians, reminds his readers that they “were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.”

John always writes his message on two levels.  Like last Sunday’s Gospel, this Sunday’s gospel tracks the coming-to-faith of an unnamed individual; like the Samaritan woman, the blind man comes to faith in stages. He moves from not knowing Jesus, to recognizing him as a prophet, then a man “from God”, the Son of Man, and finally he worships him as Lord.  The man starts in darkness, born blind, he has never seen the light.  The end of the journey is Jesus who is “the light of the world.”  The healing of the blind man is not complete until his physical sight becomes spiritual insight.

We are not blind, but do we see?  Do we see from the heart?

We humans judge by appearances but the Lord looks into the heart.