FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What do you see?

Do you see the same way that God sees?

Do you look for the presence of God and try to see the world the way that God sees it?

These are the questions that the Scripture readings present us with today.

The first reading, from the Book of Samuel, speaks about God choosing another kind for Israel. Samuel is only told that it is one of the sons of Jesse. In the culture of that time, everyone would have presumed that it would be the eldest son. Instead, God knows the hearts of each of these sons and knows that the youngest son will make the best king and is the one chosen by him.
In so many aspects of life, people are no longer chosen because of their gifts of leadership but only because they are well connected, they have money, they are known already or they have power. This is not the way of the Lord. This worldly way of thinking can even come into the Church. Today we are invited to look at one another in terms of faithfulness to God, in terms of faithfulness to the Scriptures and the traditions, in terms of seeking that which is spiritual.

The Gospel of John today gives us the story of the man born blind. We have to recognize that this man born blind is a symbol of each one of us. We are born blind. We are born with a disposition to see what we want and not what God wants. Only when we are anointed in baptism and begin to walk with the Lord Jesus can we begin to see the truth about living and the truth of our world.

My sisters and brothers, this fourth Sunday of Lent invites us to embrace Jesus and His Church and allow Jesus in His Church to show us the truth.To walk in the light and to see means to embrace the Lord Jesus in His Church. Let us walk in the light of the Lord and see the world as He sees it.
Father Jesus