Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.”John 9:41
Although Jesus physically heals the blind, he uses blindness versus sight as an allegory in this Sunday’s Gospel. To those who are “blind” Jesus will give sight. This blindness allows us to rely on the Lord and not on ourselves. Think of Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
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The man born blind in this Sunday’s Gospel longed for Jesus. He depended on him because he couldn’t do anything on his own. Because of his great faith, Jesus granted him his sight. However, the Pharisees rejected Jesus. They dismissed him and failed to recognize his holiness, let alone that he’s the son of God. Because of this, they remained blind to who Jesus really is.
The blindness and sight that we see in this Gospel represent dependency and false self-sufficiency. The Pharisees, who lean on their own understanding, blind themselves to Jesus, but the man born blind encountered Jesus as he relied on him.
It’s Laetare Sunday, which means that Lent is half over now. This is a good time to reassess how our Lent is going and how we’ve been growing. In what areas of our life are we still holding onto our sight? Where do we need to become blind? In other words, where do we find ourselves relying on ourselves instead of on Christ? Are we truly depending on him and trusting his will? For me, I’ve been trying to see what the future holds. Especially with all of the changes and uncertainty that this pandemic has caused, I’ve been frustrated that the rest of the semester isn’t going as I planned. I haven’t let myself trust God’s plan. Instead, I’ve been holding onto my sight in vain, trying to lean on my own understanding.
Let’s allow ourselves to be blind so that Christ can be our sight, like the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.”
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