Lenten Reflection for 3/19

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Daily Prayer

Merciful God, who through Your Word reconciles the human race to Yourself, grant that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
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Scripture Quote

John 9:5

Jesus answered,
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”


This reading from John presents us with Jesus as “the light of the world.”. By restoring sight to a man blind from birth on Saturday, Jesus becomes the center of controversy among the Pharisees. “This man does not come from God because he has not kept the Sabbath,” they tell the cured man. And they reject the light that Christ came to offer them.

The blind man’s parents do not want to commit themselves. They are afraid of reprisals from the Pharisees, and they leave the responsibility to their son. The cured blind man is not afraid to tell the truth. He acknowledges that he was blind, and Jesus has restored his sight. Despite the threats of the Pharisees, he does not hesitate to confess his faith in the saving power of Jesus.

It is necessary that we place ourselves next to each of these Gospel characters to see what our attitude is before Jesus, our light. With which of them do we identify? Perhaps we have to recognize that at times we have acted like the Pharisees, rejecting Jesus. Or, like the blind man’s parents, afraid to commit. The cured blind man is our model. From the experience of our own blindness, of the darkness that surrounds our life, we will be able to recognize that Christ is our light, a light that makes us see the reality of life with a new Christian vision.

Reflection Questions

  • Do I hesitate in confessing my faith? Am I afraid to commit myself to Jesus?
  • As a follower of Jesus, do I let Christ’s light shine in me?

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