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Reflection for March 26 2017
 Fourth Sunday of Lent

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23: 1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 5: 8-14
Gospel: John 9: 1-41

We are challenged in the readings for this Sunday to see as Jesus sees--into the heart and we are challenged to live in the light.

In the first reading God passes over Saul and Jesse's seven sons and chooses David, Jesse's youngest son.  God does so because God sees the potential within David's heart.   In the second reading, God lets the people know that it is time to awaken from the darkness and live in the light.

In the Gospel, Jesus reveals himself as the "light of the world" by healing the blind man.  Jesus sees into the man's heart and heals him despite the Pharisee's objection that this is the Sabbath.  No matter how hard the Pharisees try they cannot discredit Jesus in the eyes and heart of the healed man.  The young man replies to their questions that the man who healed him is Jesus and "He is a prophet."  The Pharisees cannot see the light, but the man healed can see the light.  The man healed moves from physical to spiritual sight.  His eyes were opened to the goodness of God and Jesus saw into his heart.  When Jesus looks into our hearts, does he see the Light of Love? Do we recognize Jesus when he is revealed to us during the day?  I heard a speaker say: "We have seven experiences of God a day, but we miss most of them."  Like the blind man may our eyes and hearts be open and receptive!

Jesus, help me to move from blind to spiritual sight!

Marge Wissman, osf