Fourth Sunday of Lent

The light of the faith

As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth …[Jesus]  spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam”…So he went and washed, and came back able to see …”(So) how were your eyes opened?” He replied, “The man called Jesus …’ So they said to the blind man again, “What do you have to say about him …?” He said, “He is a prophet.” …”Give God the praise! We know that this man is a sinner.” He replied, “If he is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.” …If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything.” …Then they threw him out. When Jesus …found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him. Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” Jn 9,1-39

In the prologue to his gospel, John, speaking of Jesus, said: “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world” (Jn 1,9). To have, however, awareness of that light, it is necessary to see. Here, then, Jesus meets today this man blind since the birth day and healed him, in the eyes and in the spirit.In the eyes immediately, in the spirit after the blind has made the necessary course of conversion, which in this event is evident from the three answers given to those who wonder about who has healed him. He answers to the first question: “The man called Jesus”; to the second he replies: “He is a prophet”; to the third, after Jesus revealed himself, he declared: “I do believe, Lord”. This was the path of the first disciples and it is the same, also today, for those who endeavor to follow Jesus of Nazareth. At first you are amazed by the “man”, then the man becomes

“prophet” due to the truths that his teachings transmit; finally, he is recognized as the “Lord”, the Son of God, because with him the whole life becomes a miracle. It is a wonderful journey, but it is a privilege only for those who humbly arise to follow him in search of truth and answers: “I came into the world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see and those who do see might become blind”. Jesus is the “true ligh ” as John says in the prologue, but only for those who allow to be enlightened.

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