4th Sunday of Lent – 2017
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Be careful and do not put yourself in a danger but try for a day to live as a blind man. Cover your eyes and do your daily work at your house. I think that for all those who have the eye-sight it might be a hard time to live in darkness.
“A man blind from birth” of today’s Gospel did not know or understand the meaning of light, sight or color. Darkness was the whole world of his life. Maybe he thought that all other people are the same as he is. Therefore, he did not ask Jesus to be healed, to see.
Reading what Jesus did to heal the man, I think, a number of us would feel nearly offended. He “spat on the ground” then “smeared the clay on” the eyes of the blind man. Disgusting, don’t you think? And then, Jesus did not say anything unusual like: “Let eyes see or be healed”. Jesus says: “Go wash in the Pool”. This is quite normal. The man was dirty, he was smeared with the clay, so he needs to go and wash himself.
At times, trying to show to God that we are very serious and in a great need of His help, we are prepared to make some great sacrifices, do something extraordinary to win God’s favor. We do not realize that all this “extraordinary” or “unusual” is much less important than listening to God, to be obedient to Him.
God doesn’t have the need to manifest His power and grace with the “extraordinary” deeds. Everything belongs to Him, and it is enough to say a word and it will happen. For us, what we need to do is to pray earnestly and trust in God.
Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ