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“I once was blind but now I see”
Can we just imagine the joy that this man experienced when Jesus gave him his sight? If we stop and think about this, in terms of 2000 years ago, we can realize what a marvelous thing happened then. Because Jesus cures his lifelong blindness without being asked, this story is unique.
In today’s gospel, we learn of a man who was born blind, who gets his sight not because he asks for it. John’s gospel does not require faith for his miracles to work or as they are called “signs” in John’s gospel. Let’s assume we are sometimes blind to our own lack of faith – after all no one is perfect.
Often times, we come to see our faith differently as we experience life, but we have to ask questions. We ask questions because our minds are naturally inquisitive. We must find a better way to ask the questions because that is what brings us to deeper faith; we reach more mature and rich levels each time we ask questions. It is the journey we must go through which is what the blind man did. He receives grace and he builds upon that grace by cooperating and asking questions he comes to an even deeper faith. If we are open to it, God will show us more and more about our faith, but we must be willing to ask. We need to continue to ask questions and work out that faith because we see differently today than we did as 12 year olds. Our eyes become opened as time passes. As we begin to see more, then we take more steps and we sometimes, as Catholics, we seem to settle ourselves with a faith that was learned at 10 or 12 years of age. Some of us “make our sacrament of Confirmation and we stop!” We don’t need to know more! We are done learning. Now we just practice. That is not the faith journey. That is the beginning of faith. There is no growth!! It is only with that faith, which fostered faith in god that we come to the full realization of what we are called to do in faith for one another as a community.
Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians today calls us to be children of the light. We are called to invite people from the darkness into the light, to offer a warm and safe place of welcome, food, comfort, song and joy. We are called to be “home” for those seeking the light, for we are children of the light. As Disciples of Christ, as Christians, these actions will speak louder than words. As Oliver Goldsmith, 18th century, author says: “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”
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