Vocation Meditation -
4rd Sunday of Lent, 2011
“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see!”
In today’s Gospel Jesus comes across a blind man. His disciples ask Him to explain to them His answer to the question they all had on their minds about the disability of blindness: “Who has sinned? Him or his parents?” Jesus’ answer was very unexpected; “Neither he nor his parents, but rather he was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in him.”
In curing the man’s blindness, Jesus exposes the blindness and hardness of heart in community surrounding the former blind man. His neighbors are skeptical of his cure, his parents are fearful and the religious authorities want to discredit his story and the one who cured him. We are all challenged by today’s Gospel to look inside ourselves to see where we may be blind, where we may be untruthful, or lacking in compassion, charity and acceptance of others. When we want to follow Jesus in our lives, we must invite Him to lift any blindness, to break up any hardness of heart within us. Then are we ready to answer the call to follow him, to be totally alert with our discerning heart to guide us.
Where in my life do I need to invite Jesus to help lift any interior blindness that prevents me from seeing clearly the path to follow Jesus in my life?
Jesus, be my friend and companion as I journey these days. Lift any blindness in me, and sweep away resistance in my heart that keeps me from walking with You in your light, guided by Your direction in choosing my life’s path.
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.