All Saints Messenger - March 23, 2017

posted Mar 27, 2017, 11:45 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This Sunday's Gospel from John is about the man who has been blind from birth. In this story of healing I find myself so often focused on the matter of the blind man receiving sight that I fail to see effects of Jesus' vision. Right from the beginning of the passage Jesus sees the blind man. Furthermore, Jesus sees beyond the man's blindness. To Jesus, the man isn't reduced to his condition of blindness; neither is he reduced by sin. Instead, Jesus sees that God's works will be revealed in him--Jesus sees the potential of a new disciple.  

So Jesus gets his hands dirty in healing the man. Then he sends him with the command, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam," and the man follows the order and comes back able to see. From there his literal sight gives way to the growth of his vision, his recognition, his understanding. His new vision is such that he sees in himself what Jesus also saw--a disciple. Jesus' vision moves the blind man from darkness to light, from unbelief to belief, from beggar to disciple.

Much of John's Gospel is about light...light coming into the world through Jesus Christ. So true, yet so difficult. Hopefully this quote attributed to Mother Teresa may help, "Christ must be the light that shines through you, and the people looking at you must see only Jesus. You have a challenge from Jesus to meet: He has shed the light, and you will take His light and lighten every heart you meet."

See ya Sunday!  
Fr. Gary+