Wednesday 26 February 2014

4th Sunday of Lent Year A

Blindness can occur in different ways. For some, they are physically blind. For others, they are spiritually blind. Advances in modern medicine may, to a certain extend, restore physical sight. People who were thought to be "blind" could see again after receiving treatment over a period of time. However, healing those who are spiritually blind may not be so straightforward.

Today's Gospel tells us about the blind man and the Pharisees.Though the blind man was born blind, he had his sight restored by Jesus, and when he discovered that Jesus was the one who restored his sight, he believed in Jesus. On the other hand, the Pharisees could see physically, but due to their stubbornness, pride and lack of compassion, they were the ones who were spiritually blind.

Some of us may be just like the Pharisees. Though we could physically see clearly, we are unable to spiritually see clearly. When we refuse to change our ways; when we ignore the needs of others; when we choose to ignore the injustices happening; when we are filled with selfishness, hatred, prejudice and unforgiveness; when we fail or refuse to recognise goodness in others; then we are spiritually blind.

Are we still refusing to let the Lord heal us and help us see? Today, let us learn to be humble and submit to God, for it is He who can open our eyes of Faith and the eyes of our hearts, enabling us to see clearly.

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