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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

In today’s Gospel passage, notice these words spoken by the man born blind: “I was blind and now I see.” I suggest you use these words to help guide your understanding as we listen to this weekend’s scriptures. Jesus encounters both spiritual and physical blindness in the Gospel. When Jesus heals the man born blind, he gains a follower. At the same time, the religious leaders of the time are challenged.

There are many kinds of sight. While we may tend to think of physical sight as the most important, our readings today highlight spiritual sight as essential. As disciples of Jesus, we are invited to attune our eyes to the eyes of God and learn to see as God sees.

Searching for the next king of Israel, Samuel is urged to look beyond the exterior, for God does not see as man sees. Man looks at the appearance, but the Lord searches the heart. In this case, God chooses the youngest son to do great work. David is called in from the fields where he is tending the sheep.  Samuel anoints his head with oil and marks him as the next king of Israel.

On the day of our baptism, we are anointed with the oil of salvation and claimed as Christ’s own. St. Paul directs the Ephesians to “live as children of light.” How do we live as children of the light?

In your life of faith, have you had an experience of conversion where you all the sudden are able to “see” where previously you had a “blind spot?”

Continue to join our Elect in prayer as we journey together to Easter. Thank you to all who have assisted with the Bags of Compassion.

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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