4TH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR (1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41)
Theme: “Open My Eyes, Lord”
In the face of the plague of Corona virus, the blind question is not, if God is alive and active then why is Corona virus killing us? Rather, we ought to seat in our rooms reflecting on the deep meaning of life, re-appreciating God’s creation, and then gradually ask as St Paul noted in the second reading, Lord, what do you want of me?
It is important to note John 14:6 that Jesus is the Only Way, the Truth, and Life, hence He alone has the answer to our deep (blind) questions. But, our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds must be opened to perceive and to understand the response of the Lord, who is the Good Shepherd. If we do not ask for sight, if we do not ask for Ephphathata (openness of our ears), if we do not ask for metanoia (conversion of our hearts), then we will be angst and blinded by human perceptions of our current problems and be blind to the joy and solutions that Jesus brings in the midst our problems.
It obvious in today’s first reading that the Prophet Samuel was not blinded by human appearances or perceptions because having heard the injunctions of the Lord, He allowed the Lord to shepherd him to Jesse’s house and to open his eyes to see the heart of David whom he anointed as the new King of Israel. Thus, it was clear to Samuel that Yahweh does not see as man sees; For His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways (Isaiah 55:8). For this reason, the Psalmist says in Psalm 24:7-8 “Lift up your heads, O gates! Be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may enter! Who is this King of Glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Therefore, while we wait for an antidote for Covid-19, if like the Pharisees in today’s gospel we fail to ask Jesus to enter our homes, minds, thoughts, and hearts, then we might miss the saving power of Jesus which made the man born blind a new creation. In other words, the Man born blind was granted true sight to see and receive the Joy of the Lord because first, he made an effort to see and interact with Jesus; secondly, he allowed Jesus to anoint his eyes with mud which reminds us of our humanity and Jesus’ Divinity as the Creative Word of God; and thirdly, the Man born blind was not healed until he obeyed Jesus’ command to go and wash at the pool of Siloam. Thus, we will overcome this trying moment if we stay home with Jesus, obey His teachings (found if we study of Scriptures), and then worship Him as Lord and Saviour when we pray with a sincere heart. Therefore, rather than worry about Covid-19, spend this time developing your faith, resolving your problems with friends and family members, and prepare yourself for whatever the Lord says tomorrow would be.