The Light of The World
The Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent (John 9:1-41) tells the story of a man born blind. Jesus healed him on the Sabbath and the man immediately became the center of attention and controversy.
Blindness, Faith or Truth?
The Pharisees, who prided themselves on their observance of the law, refused to see Jesus' healing power. Instead they focused on their own interpretation of the law and missed the miraculous power of Jesus’ healing. For them, it was easier to stand behind the law because any other response would challenge the system which had placed them in a comfortable position of power. The Pharisees chose blindness over truth and faith.
Aren’t we sometimes guilty of spiritual blindness? Sometimes we are quick to accept things at face value when actually the truth is beneath the surface. Jesus said, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” If we can learn to let go of our assumptions and see the world through the eyes of faith, we can discover the power of God at work in our lives.
Live the Message
We can start by reviewing our day and look for the places where God was trying to show us something heavenly. In the morning, we can marvel at the world around us and God’s awesome creation. Filled with gratitude and warmed by His grace, we can bring our radiance out into the world and help others see the truth. Let us not be like the Pharisees, but instead, allow miracles to happen in our lives by opening our hearts to the light of Jesus and seeing the world through the eyes of faith.