A number of times we hear Gospel accounts about Jesus curing a blind person, and we hear one of them on this fourth Sunday of Lent. Sometimes the shorter version is read, but in the full version (Jn 9:1-41), we get to hear how the blind man’s understanding of Jesus grows. When he is questioned about how he was cured, first he proclaims that Jesus is a prophet … then that Jesus is “of God” … then that he is “the Son of Man” (Daniel 7:13) who will come on the clouds of heaven to judge the nations. Not only his physical eyes but his spiritual eyes are healed so that he sees ever more clearly who Jesus is. Isn’t that just like us? We come to understand the profound things of life only gradually. It’s like waking up, the image our second reading offers us: Awake, O sleeper … and Christ will give you light. Most of us don’t snap fully awake! We might need that cup of coffee to get fully “with it” for the day, to remember what lies ahead, and what we need to do to get started. Lent invites us to sit back and notice our own growth in faith from childhood until now. Can you see that growth, and let the LORD offer you even more?
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia