Light vs Darkness
The theme of blindness in today’s readings, continues the Lenten tradition of preparing for the Easter baptisms. This period of the liturgical year is referred to as the Period of Purification and Enlightenment.
Blindness, as attributed to the man born blind from birth in our gospel today, is a fitting image of the human condition we now know as original sin.
God’s choice of David over his other brothers in the First Book of Samuel speak of our own inability to see spiritual truth as God sees it. David is portrayed as the least likely to be the candidate for divine election. God sees into the heart and directs the prophet to choose and anoint the young David and consecrate him to be shepherd of God’s people as king. The blindness of those around David to his potential as God’s chosen leader speaks of how sin can blind us to God’s will for us.
The reality of original sin is alluded by St Paul in his letter to the Ephesian: “Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light…”, using a metaphor to capture our desperate human situation without Christ’s saving light that eradicate the effects of what we refer to as social sin which is the term the Church uses to refer to communal situations, social structures and institutions which are the result of the accumulated effects of personal sin. Pope John Paull II refers to it in these words: “Whenever the Church speaks of situations of sin or when the collective behavior of certain social groups, big or small, or even of whole nations and bloc of nations, she knows and she proclaims that such cases of social sin are the result of the accumulation and concentration of many personal sins.” In the Eucharistic Prayer, we will proclaim: “Father… we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus. He came among us as a man, to lead us from darkness into the light of faith. Through Adam’s fall we were born as slaves of sin, but now through baptism in Christ we are reborn as adopted children…”
As we gather today, we ask God to let His light penetrate the darkness of our lives, shining forth in goodness, righteousness and truth. We seek His light and long to be become children of His light, good and pleasing in His sight.
Just as Jesus opens the eyes of the blind man to the wonders of belief in God’s son, God call us from our ordinary life an opens our eyes, through baptism and the other sacraments, to insight into his mighty works. God call on us to believe, to worship and to follow the footsteps of his son. God call us to new life, to become enlightened children of the light of God.