The healing of the man born blind invites us to focus on the physical and spiritual aspects of sight and light. The question I want to raise with you this weekend is, what causes our blindness to God’s presence in our life?

One of our parents’ most important and practical safety driving instructions is “do not to trust your mirrors.” We must be aware of our surroundings, and every time we change lanes, we must always look to each side because there are blind spots.  Accidents may happen because drivers fail to look at the blind spots before changing lanes. We become blind to God’s revelation and presence, not because we are blind, but because at times we go into the motion of turning left and right relying only on the side mirrors, and not looking at the blind spots. How can this attitude manifest in our lives, particularly our spiritual life?

We may always say our devotion and novena prayers, but we continue to be disrespectful to waiters in restaurants or we respond with tremendous negativities in life situations that do not reflect our faith in Jesus. We may be focused on excelling at work, climbing the financial and professional ladder, but we may in the process neglect to spend meaningful time in our homes. We may be filled with excitement googling and knowing the lives of well-known people, but we neglect to get to know our neighbors, friends, and relatives. We are busy on the internet and trying to have friends, but we fail to see that there are people around us who long for our attention and friendship. We have modern medical technology, sophisticated research results, and well-trained specialists, but we neglect to offer the basic human need for personal and compassionate care. We may be consumed with finding our happiness, but the means and ways we employ to search for happiness make our life less meaningful.

The word of God today calls us to look at the habits and patterns of behavior in our own life and realize their power over us. Let us go back and believe in Jesus, our true guide in our journey. By knowing the Lord, we recognize the good around us and identify those blind spots that hinder or destroys our growth as a follower of Christ.

The moment of enlightenment in our Gospel this Sunday comes when the man born blind reencounters Jesus. Jesus seeks out the man born blind and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man. At this moment, the man born blind shows himself to be a man of faith and worships Jesus. Jesus replies by identifying the irony of the experience of many who encounter him. Jesus then said, those who are blind will now see, and those who think they now see will be found to be blind.

Jesus invites us to open our eyes and be aware that he is looking for us and trying to find a space in our hearts. Do not be afraid to kneel with humility in front of the Lord. Jesus will help us to see the blind spots in our life so we can have a safe and enjoyable journey.

 

Fr. Dennis