Sunday 19 March 2023
4th Sunday of Lent
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23). Ephesians 5:8-14. John 9:1-41.
We rejoice to be in the sight of the Lord
I come . . . so that those without sight may see and those with sight may become blind. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eyes, says Antoine de Saint-Exupery in The Little Prince.
The religious leaders who watched Jesus and kept trying to trap him, saw the world through a filter of fear and envy. Their interpretation of the Law was paralysing them. Jesus acted out of the freedom of his own heart, responding to human need, calling people to be their best selves.
It is sad that the leaders were incapable of rejoicing that someone had received the gift of sight, something he had never known. The newly sighted man could rejoice in human and natural beauty, in colour and body language. It was the leaders who became blind.