Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of LENT
Laetare Sunday
March 22, 2020

WORD of the DAY

As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth… “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see. (John 9: 1/ 5-7)

How shall I live this Word?
The fifth sign performed by Jesus in the Gospel of John is the healing of a man blind from birth. Blindness is his condition: he was born blind and he knows it! Jesus unexpectedly approaches him and heals him, without him asking for anything. He finds himself healed by doing only what Jesus tells him to do: go to wash at the pool of Siloe. A simple thing? But, perhaps for a blind man not entirely! His obedience reveals the blind man’s faith in Jesus, a man he did not know, also because he had never seen Him.
With this healing the light enters the life of this man: “I am the Light”, and when the Light enters life, things can be seen more clearly, with great freedom of heart, without timidity and fear. The trust given has become an opportunity to see beyond and with disarming simplicity; it is knowing how to draw the sign of God’s manifestation in his history, so that he can make his profession of faith when he finally meets Him and sees Him: “And who is He, Lord, so that I may believe in Him? […] You have seen Him: I am He, who speaks with you […]. I believe, Lord!”

I believe Lord. Help me to increase my faith! Convert us to You Lord, we are in Your hands!

The voice of Pope Francis Angelus 26 March 2017

With this miracle Jesus manifests Himself and manifests Himself to us as the light of the world. The man blind from birth represents each of us who were created to know God, but because of sin we are blind, we need a new light; we all need a new light: that of faith, which Jesus has given us. In fact, that blind man of the Gospel, by regaining his sight, opens himself to the mystery of Christ. Jesus asks him: “Do you believe in the Son of man?” (v. 35). “And who is it, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” replies the healed blind man (v. 36). “You have seen Him: I am He who speaks with you” (v. 37). “I believe, Lord!” and prostrates himself before Jesus.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA

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