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4th Sunday of Lent

March 10th, 2013

 

Our Light Must Shine!

 

 

 

 


 

John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

 

 

            As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.  He spat on the ground and made clay with the salvia, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” – which means Sent - .  So he went and washed, and came back able to see.  His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “No, he just looks like him.”  He said, “I am.” 

            They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.  Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a Sabbath.  So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.  He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”  So some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath.”  But others said “How can a sinful man so such signs?”  And there was a division among them.  So they said to the blind man again, “What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?”  He said, “He is a prophet.”  They answered and said to him, “You were born blind totally in sin, and are you are string to teach us?”  Then they threw him out.  When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”  He said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.

 

           

 

          The Lord said to Samuel:  “Not as man does God see.”  Our vision is often limited.  Perhaps we see with our head too much.  God wants us to see with our hearts.  Seeing with our hearts is risky business.  We have to tear down barriers that usually keep us locked out, but most often keeps us locked in.  Seeing with our hearts frees us from those barriers.  Seeing with our hearts allows us to see wonderful things that sometimes are kept in the dark, as Paul tells us today: things like compassion, forgiveness, love, change, acceptance, patience, peace, and giving.  That’s what the man born blind saw when Jesus smeared that mud on his eyes and sent him to Siloam to wash them out.  He was no longer a prisoner of darkness.  In contrast, so often, although we are in the light, although the light of Christ shines on us, sometimes we still remain in darkness.  But out of darkness he came, filled with light, light to see not just people and animals, but so much more; the wonder of God’s love and forgiveness, of God’s continuing grace, of God’s comforting love.  He was excited about being able to see, he was rejoicing, he was happy.  He was in the light seeing with the eyes of faith and his heart.  The Pharisees couldn’t see beyond their noses because they chose to see with their heads and not their hearts, the same heads that was stuck to the letter of the law, their darkness, and their downfall.  Remember, it was the Sabbath and the blind man was healed.

 

           With our hearts we can see so far, so wide, so deep, so much – that we would never stop wanting to see with our hearts.  Seeing with our hearts opens doors never before opened.  To be graced with the wonder of God’s love, to be able to experience that love every day of our lives.  There is not a day that goes by that we do not have the opportunity to be involved in that love.  Lent frees us to make that decision to love as we continue the journey toward the death and resurrection of our Savior, who gives himself totally for us.  With open hearts we can see the needs of others around us: the poor, the homeless, the unemployed, and the mentally challenged, the single parent, the lonely, the sick and shut-ins, the widows and widowers, and so much more.  But is it possible that just seeing is not enough.  It wasn’t enough for that blind man.  he went back and became a disciple of Jesus.  Being a disciple of Jesus means that the road is not always going to be straight and wide.  Most often it will be a struggle, because sinful people cannot save the world; only Jesus could and did.  We sinful people will have to deal with a lot of baggage in our lives.  That’s why seeing is never enough.  Doing something about what we see is the challenge.  For as his disciples, we too are called to be a light to the world.

 

          It is only through us, and I don’t mean just us Christians.  Believing that is wrong.  Jesus said that whoever is not against us is for us.  All people who believe in God and the goodness and the forgiveness that comes from God, are all called to be a light in this world.  We must remember that Jesus died on that cross and took upon himself the sins of humanity.  That means all of humanity.  And we must also remember that the message of the CROSS isn’t just about what happened on that CROSS.  The most important message for us is why the CROSS ever happened.  It happened because God chose to LOVE us unconditionally that he had his only Son give his life for us, so that we could all be a light in this world.  Nothing is ever going to change until we let the light of Christ in us shine, unless we share that light with others, in however we are blessed to do that.  That light encompasses both the CROSS and the RESURRECTION!  They cannot be separated.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and we are called to be His light in this world.

 

    

 

Deacon Steve A. Politte

© March 9th, 2013

 

~ My Greatest Inspiration ~

 

My precious and awesome God from above,
Thanks for your mercy and everlasting love.
Lord, I am so thankful for your beautiful creation,
You are my joy and my greatest inspiration.
It’s easy to express what’s deep in my heart,
For they just reflect what you gave from the start.
Those feelings I felt were locked deep inside,
So scared to be known, with no choice but to hide.
To you be the honor, the glory, and the praise,
And though it may rain, your sun fills my days.
Never have I been so free to rejoice,
Giving you praise, I’ll lift up my voice.
Holy is the precious and sweetest Lamb of God,
For Him I shall prepare and protect my feet with shod.
To the world I will make known that the words I speak are true,
and declare my inspiration clearly comes from loving you.

 

by Olga Rivera

(C) March 8th, 2010


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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