Mar. 26, 2017 - 4th Sunday of Lent, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
The blind man’s eyes are opened. He was once in complete and total darkness and now he can see. His world has opened up.
He now interacts with everything and everyone around him in a different way. His is now a world of new experiences.
Our physical sight is so important. It’s one of the main ways that we interact with the world around us. And yet we take it for granted.
The blind man’s life is forever changed because he can now see. If we look more carefully, we discover that there is something even more important happening in his life.
He now sees with the eyes of faith. The Pharisees question him about the one who healed him, “What do you have to say about him?” His answer is insightful, “He is a prophet.”
The man who was blind and now sees recognizes that the one who made him whole, the one who healed him, comes from God.
I do believe, Lord.
Notice if you will that the healing takes place on the Sabbath, the Lord’s day. This is not by chance, but by divine design.
While our physical sight is so important, we are healed on the Lord’s day. We are given our sight on the Lord’s day.
We bow down and worship on the Lord’s day. We say, “I believe” when we recite the creed on the Lord’s day.
What are we looking to see with our eyes of faith?
Are we looking to see Jesus present in the Eucharist? I can only see with the eyes of faith that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine.
Are we looking to see Jesus present in the minister at the altar? This can be difficult. I can only with the eyes of faith that Jesus is present in the priest who stands “in persona Christi,” in the place of Christ.
Are we looking to see Jesus present in the congregation? I can only see with the eyes of faith that Jesus is present in each and every person who is here.
Seeing with the eyes of faith changes everything. We begin to see Jesus present in others and begin to treat them with greater respect and greater charity.
The man born blind is now healed and made whole. He can see with eyes of faith. He now interacts with everyone and everything is a different way. This has led to his belief that Jesus is the Son of God.
As we begin to see with eyes of faith, a whole new world opens up to us. And our newfound faith and belief in Jesus as the Son of God takes us out of darkness and into the light of day.