From Blindness to Sight and Light (from my book ‘A Shepherd’s Voice’, 2007)
One time I wondered what it would be like and how it would feel to be physically blind. So I thought of deliberately closing my eyes for about ten minutes. Obviously, there was nothing I could see; everything was dark. When I opened my eyes, I realized that if those ten minutes lasted forever, I would be in total darkness the rest of my life and I would feel hopelessly miserable.
The gospel today tells us the story of Jesus healing a man who had been blind since birth. One can just imagine the hopelessness felt by this man. Given the fact that he had been in total darkness since the time he was born, perhaps, his concept of sight and light came from his parents and other people around him. The people he spoke to or bumped into must have shared with him the great blessing of what it meant to see the beauty of creation. On one hand, this may have impressed upon him that he was in a helpless, pitiful state. On the other hand, this could have also motivated him to dream that one day he might be given the gift of sight; that his eyes would be opened and he would be able to see. It was no accident that Jesus came into his life. Jesus Himself said: “He was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3) In healing the blind man, He even revealed to his disciples: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5)
We may not be physically blind but we have a bigger problem: spiritual blindness. Spiritual blindness means that we are in darkness because of sin. We may have healthy eyes, able to see everything around us. But if we are spiritually blind, we fail to see Who is most important in our lives: God! The sad thing is that when we become accustomed to the darkness of sin, we may think that this will bring us happiness. Little do we know that we end up in guilt, loneliness and depression.
After granting sight to the blind man, Jesus told him: “It is for judgment that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight turn blind.” (John 9:38) Jesus comes to our lives so that we may be blind to sin. He enlightens us so that we may see Him as our only true light.
I end this reflection with this solemn prayer of blessing for you as we continue our Lenten journey:
‘Jesus, the Light of the world, has healed your spiritual blindness. He has brought you out of the darkness of sin into His wonderful light. May you experience His divine love and mercy, As well as, the abundance of spiritual blessings that can only come from Him. May you be strong in faith, in hope and in love all the days of your life. Amen.’
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