There is only one instance when people admire blindness. When I ask people preparing for their wedding the only answer I get is, father I do not know why I love my partner but I know love is blind.
In today’s gospel, Jesus met and cured a man born blind. John calls this a sign. In John’s gospel we have seven signs and this is the sixth one.
1. Jesus changes water into wine, John 2:1-12
2. The cure of a royal official’s son, John 4:43-54
3. Healing at the pool of Bethesda, John 5:1-18
4. Multiplication of bread and fish, John 6:1-15
5. Jesus walking on water, John 6:16-21
6. Healing of the man born blind, John 9:1-41
7. The raising of Lazarus, John 11:1-44 which is our next Sunday gospel reading
John calls these signs not miracles. We know that a sign points beyond itself. These signs point toward Jesus telling us more about him and his identity.
This sign not only tell us about the man born blind but Jesus the light of the world who has come to heal us of the many blindness in our lives. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
The healing of the blind man gives us a picture of our journey of faith. The journey of faith is not like an instant coffee but a path to walk. Look what Jesus did: he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes. The man who at this point is still blind is told to go and wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam. He went and washed his eyes then he saw. My brothers and sister, this journey of faith needs our participation too. Jesus initiates the move and expects us to join into the move. Jesus calls us and we respond with love.
Someone once said to Helen Keller, "What a pity you have no sight!" Helen Keller replied, "Yes, but what a pity so many have sight but cannot see!"
The man born blind sees and those who see turn blind. The Pharisees refuse to acknowledge that Jesus had performed the miracle of restoring sight to the blind man. They suspended their belief because of their prejudices and biases against Jesus. Instead they call him as a sinner because He violated the law of the Sabbath. So, they are blind to the truth already in their eyes while the man who is healed from blindness believed in Jesus and worshiped him.
The gospel lesson as exemplified by the humble blind man is: We need self-acceptance, self-knowledge. And that requires humility to accept not only our physical blindness but also our spiritual blindness. It requires humility to accept that we need help in order to cooperate with God’s grace.
May the season of Lent help us to remove our spiritual blindness, see our weaknesses and accept our imperfections so we can be cured and grow spiritually.
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