Cure of the blind man
Sunday, March 11, 2018 4th Sunday of Lent 1st Reading: 1st Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13 2nd Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14 Gospel: John 9:1-41 or 1,6-9,13-17,34-38
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He made paste with spittle and clay and rubbed it on the eyes of the blind man. Then he said, “Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.” (This name means sent.) So he went and washed and came back able to see.
His neighbors and all the people who used to see him begging wondered. They said, “Isn’t this the beggar who used to sit here?” Some said, “It’s the one.” Others said, “No, but he looks like him.” But the man himself said, “I am the one.”
The people brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made mud paste and opened his eyes. The Pharisees asked him again, “How did you recover your sight?” And he said, “He put paste on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he works on the Sabbath”; but others wondered, “How can a sinner perform such miraculous signs?” They were divided and they questioned the blind man again, “What do you think of this man who opened your eyes?” And he answered, “He is a prophet.”
They answered him, “You were born a sinner and now you teach us!” And they expelled him.
Jesus heard that they had expelled him. He found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is he that I may believe in him?” Jesus said, “You have seen him and he is speaking to you. He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshiped him.
DAILY GOSPEL IN THE ASSIMILATED LIFE
Jesus’ act of curing a man blind from birth triggered different reactions. People had in mind the close connection between sin and sickness. This doctrine was deeply engraved in their religious culture. That the man Jesus cured was blind meant only one thing to them: he was a sinner. The Pharisees, the most self-righteous among them, were only interested in how he got the cure. It was illegal to do big works on a Sabbath. Since a miraculous work was something big, the cure was illegal.
But weren’t they supposed to rejoice that the blind among them got cured? They were more concerned about legalities than about the welfare of their fellowmen. Only Jesus showed selfless love to that poor fellow. In this world, only Jesus can show us disinterested love; he is concerned of our welfare more than we are concerned of ourselves. In our life experience, we often miss the real solutions to societal problems because we always look at things from the perspective of self-interest. — (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M., email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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