Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

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MARCH 22   FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT 

Readings: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

Today's passage about the Jesus healing the man born blind is rich in symbolism and meaning.  There are images of light and dark, seeing and not seeing, understanding and confusion, strength and weakness.  I was struck this time by the manner of Christ's healing touch.  He could have just said a word or snapped his fingers and the man could have been healed.  Instead he makes clay with spittle and dirt and smeared it on his eyes and told him to go wash.  The blind man heard Jesus' voice and was felt his touch. In order to be healed, Jesus made him actively participate by having him go and wash. The healing was a true encounter between man and God.  We too can encounter Jesus this way in the Sacraments. We receive grace and healing through the physical elements of water, bread, wine, oil. Let us not take these encounters for granted but let us actively allow the Sacraments to transform us to be disciples of Christ.

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