PREVENTING OUR OWN BLINDNESS
The Gospel story of the Blind Man is another remarkable masterpiece from John. It is rich is symbolism and meaning, which we will break out in today’s homily; but it is also a story that causes us to question our own blindness – not because of the Blind Man himself, but because of the Pharisees, to whom many of us relate.
The Pharisees reject the man just as they would reject Jesus. The temptation is to see them as evil or cynical or in some other poor manner, but you have heard me say enough times now – they are us. If this story was written in today’s terms, the Pharisees would be Christians who go to church every Sunday and pray on a regular basis.
So rather than just write the Pharisees off as “out-of-touch”, I would prefer we ask ourselves why they could not see the miracle in front of them? And in doing so, we will ask ourselves what must we do so that we do not become blind – not as the man was, but as the Pharisees clearly are.
CLICK HERE for the readings of the Fourth Sunday of Lent (1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41).