Fourth Sunday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 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....

Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time February 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY When they arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him and asked, “Do you see anything?” Looking up he replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.” Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village. (Mark 8: 22-26) How shall I live this Word? The blind man is one of the figures that the Gospel elevates to a model. In fact, only when one comes to recognize one’s own blindness – Jesus tells us – can he put himself in the condition of being truly healed. Already in ancient extra-biblical culture divine wisdom was described as inversely proportional to the physical ability to see: the wise man was generally a blind man. The blind man of Bethsaida...