It is26th March 2017. We celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent which is called Laetare Sunday. The readings are from 1 Samuel 16:6-7, 10-13; the second reading is from Ephesians 5:8-14; and the Gospel is from John 9:1-41. The first reading about the anointing of David as the future king spells out clearly that the way we see people is not the way God sees them. When we are blind and devoid of the light of God, we see things at the peripheral and fall for the outward display. “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Sam.16:7). We need the light of God to see the way God see the goodness in others. St. Paul invites us to display our rays of light that comes from Jesus in our good works. It is the perfect time, during the this lent, let us expose our darkness and the deeds of darkness to the light of Christ. We are still blind as long as we continue to live in sins. We must dare to expose our darkness to the healing rays of the light of Christ. “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Eph.5:14). The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” (Ps.23:1). In the Gospel, we meet Christ Jesus, who heals a man born blind on a Sabbath day. Accepting and believing Jesus as the Son of God dispels the corporeal and spiritual blindness. We are still blind to Jesus who healed us and accepted us the children of light because of our refusal to accept him as our personal Saviour and Lord. T. S. Eliot has stated: Our gaze is submarine, our eyes look upward. And see the light that fractures through unquiet water. We see the light but see not whence it comes. O Light Invisible, we glorify Thee!” Just like the Pharisees, we too have the legalistic mindset which makes us to be blind to Christ. Light of Christ that healed the blindness in the blind man did not dispel the darkness of the minds of Pharisees. The sense is, that Christ came as a light into the world, that those who are in the darkness of sin, ignorance, and unbelief, and desire spiritual illuminations, as this man did, might see what they are by nature. such who are wise and knowing in their own conceit, who fancy themselves to have great light and knowledge, to have the key of knowledge, and to have the true understanding of divine things, and to be guides of the blind. May Christ enlighten us to dispel all darkness in us. May you have good day.

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