Our Human Blindness
The blind man’s cure by Jesus in the Gospel today reveals who it is that is truly blind: those who stubbornly refuse to accept Jesus as the light of the world. Social sin is not the same as original sin, but flows from it, and is the accumulation of human choices to turn away from the light. The dramatic unfolding of John’s story gives eloquent expression to the way individuals in a community compound their blindness. Everyone gets involved: the man’s neighbors, his family, those have seen him begging, the Pharisees, the evil spread like a plague until in an act the man is expelled from the synagogue for acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah.
God’s choice of David over his other brothers in the First Book of Samuel speaks 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 and king of God’s people. 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.
“By the mystery of the Incarnation, he has led the human race that walked in darkness into the radiance of the faith and has brought those born in slavery to ancient sin through the waters of regeneration to make them your adopted children…” (Preface)
As we gather, 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 opens our eyes, through baptism and the other sacraments, to see His mighty works. God call on us to believe, to worship and to follow His Son. God call us to become enlightened children of the light of God.