Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 26, 2017
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; John 9:1-41
Today we enter the second half of our Lenten journey. We can reflect on what God is asking and how we are responding. Our readings from 1 Samuel and the Gospel of John offer us perspective. We listen to God speaking to Samuel, “No one sees as God does; a person sees the exterior but the LORD looks into the heart.” What does it mean to see into the heart? We often are so caught up with appearances that it is challenging to see deeply. We pause to be aware God’s presence within our hearts. What is God saying to us? Can we still the other voices and listen to God?
In our Gospel of the person born blind, there are many conversations that judge by appearances. It is easier for the neighbors, the Pharisees and the parents to speak this way. Only the former blind person changes his responses. He admits to his neighbors that he was once blind and that Jesus asked him “to wash in the pool of Siloam.” Later, he calls Jesus “a prophet.” Finally, he tells the Pharisees that Jesus is “a man from God.” Where does he gain these insights? Seeing the faces of his neighbors, parents and Pharisees gives him courage to speak so they can understand him. In his second interview with the Pharisees, however, he dares to challenge their convictions and authority. It is only when Jesus finds him that he asks, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe?” Jesus responds, “You have seen him, the one speaking with you is he. . . . I do believe, LORD.”
For Your Reflection
Perhaps in our Lenten journey we have been in many conversations that satisfy appearances. Take time this week to ask the Risen Jesus, who are you? The response will
Sister Mary Margaret Pazdan, OP