In the Gospel, Jesus restores sight to a man born blind, declaring, “I am the light of the world.” To see like God, we fix our gaze on Jesus.
I DO BELIEVE, LORD
Today’s statement of faith in Jesus comes from a depressing source. “The man blind from birth,” who professes faith in Jesus as savior, doesn’t even have a name in the account. His neighbors who have known him all his life refer to him casually as “the one who used to sit and beg.” Jesus’ own disciples immediately form a bad opinion of the man, assuming that his blindness results from sin. His community might have celebrated and rejoiced in his cure, but instead the Pharisees seize the opportunity to ridicule him. This nameless, penniless, friendless outcast becomes our model today. He alone worships Jesus. We should want to be like him. But do we?
Last week’s Gospel recounted another bold profession of faith in Jesus, that of the woman at the well. A Samaritan, she too is despicable in the eyes of the Israelites. Yet she inspires the conversion of her entire village. We are astonished, almost scandalized, that Jesus allows people we might call losers to profess faith in him as the Messiah. Is it really such an honor to be counted as Christians alongside these misfits?
SEEING AS GOD SEES
Today’s readings encourage us to set aside our own assumptions and ask God to help us see as God sees. While our sights are set on happiness and success, God’s vision of these blessings often differs greatly from ours. Though we are instinctively uncomfortable with the “losers” in our midst, God chooses them as our guides. In God’s eyes, blindness becomes strength, misfits become champions, and dying with Christ becomes the path to everlasting life. We profess faith in Jesus not because doing so will enhance our prestige or increase our wealth, but simply because following Christ pleases God. God’s vision for the Kingdom challenges us to seek humility. With God’s help, we can resist the temptation to seek preferential treatment and live as children of light, servants to God’s people.
Today’s Readings: 1 Sam 16:1b, 6–7, 10–13a; Ps 23:1¬–6; Eph 5:8–14; Jn 9:1–41 [1, 6–9, 13–17, 34–38]DOWNLOAD BULLETIN