Fourth Sunday of Lent March 22, 2020
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ps 23, Ep 5:8-14; Jn 8:1-41
When we ran cattle, occasionally, we would graze sudan in the summer. One of the downsides was that when the calves walked through the sudan. It would hurt their eyes, and some would become blind.
I would try to doctor the blind calves. I would put them in the chute, and I would inject a few cc’s of penicillin in their eyelids. We would cut up old levis and make patches for their eyes. I would glue the patch on they eye. I would glue it on the top, but leave the patch loose on the bottom, so some light would come in.
I never had much luck curing the blindness, but occasionally, I would cure a calf. Those calves always seemed much happier when they could see.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus passes by a blind man. Last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus was with the woman at the well of Jacob. Jesus told her he was the Messiah, and she believed him! She was so convinced. She ran into town, and told her friends. The woman at the well was spiritually blind, but after her encounter with Jesus, she could see!
Today, Jesus heals a man who is physically blind. He to is able to see! I’ll bet he was more excited than some of the calves I tried to help out. When the blind man is questioned by the most religious men of the time, the Pharisees, he tells them that Jesus is a prophet, but they don’t believe him. The Pharisees are spiritually blind. So blind, they can’t see the Son of God even though he is in their presence.
This Lent is like none other. The world will be talking about this Lent for many years to come. Lent is a time for fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. The Lord has brought the fast to us. Many are home. Many of us have time on our hands. Maybe we can use this time to be with Jesus. Use this time the Lord has given us to pray. Pray for the end of the pandemic. Pray for all the doctors, nurses, and health care workers. Pray for all of those providing services that are essential to life.
We also can give. Give to those around us in need, and their are so many in need. When we spend time with Jesus. He will give us light. He will help us see.
Despierta, tú qu duermes, levántate de entre los muertos y Cristo será tu luz.
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. (Ep 5:14)