1 Samuel 16: 1b, 6-7, 20-23 – Ephesians 5: 8-14 – John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
On our journey through Lent this year, we have heard of different ways in which our loving God reaches out to us in order to be reconciled with us. Today, we have placed before us, the ultimate effort of God that is found in the person of Jesus Christ, the instrument of that reconciliation. In the account of the cure of the man who was born blind, there is not only the report of his receiving the ability to see but also the progressive process of achieving this end. This account illustrates well the growth needed in responding to God’s effort and in the living out of third response by each of us.
As it is recorded, the cure of the blind man was not direct or instantaneous. It involved a process that demonstrates the creative redeeming and saving presence of God. It illustrates what we can experience in our own lives. It is also this creative, redeeming and saving process that we are to continue as the living Body of Christ in our world. The creative process in the story is illustrated by Jesus anointing the man’s eye with mud, recalling the Genesis story of man being formed from the ground of the Earth. The redeeming process reflects the washing of baptism we have received and which we renew at Easter, as evidence by Jesus bathing the man’s eyes. The saving process is depicted in how the blind man now sees. He had searched for Jesus, he found Jesus and then acknowledges that his sight, the recreation of his ability yo see, was given to him by Jesus Christ in whom he now professes belief.
The restored relationship with God, the object of any efforts that we are making during Lent, is accomplished by us through the active presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. It is not just a thought or a wish or a hope. It is a reality we can achieve. The blind man did think or wish or hope that he could see. It was a reality in his life, as he declared “I can see.” So our faith is to believed in us.
It is this restored relationship with God that leads us to holiness. It achieves for us a peace in our lives, a wholeness of our lives that values God, all others and ourselves. It is firmly demonstrated by our union with one another in the Body of Christ. It is sacramentally nourished by the Eucharist that we share. It is this union with Jesus Christ that binds us with all who share the same Jesus Christ.
Through creative, redeeming, saving process that we experience here and now that we are able to live our daily lives in ways that proclaims genuine faith and trust in our good & gracious God