THE WORD OF GOD

The reading is from John’s Gospel:

As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth.

He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, 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, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is,” but others said, “No, he just looks like him.” He said, “I am.” So they said to him, “(So) how were your eyes opened?” He replied, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went there and washed and was able to see.”

 POINTS FOR REFLECTION

How important to you is your spiritual sight? We see that which we have trained our whole being to look for. Do I only see the faults and failings of others? Do I look for goodness in others or just their imperfections? Do I want to see or am I more comfortable and secure in my interior blindness?

“Blind” means “unable to see.” But it also means to be lacking in insight, unable to understand, prejudiced, uninformed, ignorant and unaware. Have I ever been “blind” and now see again?

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

All powerful, holy Lord,

open our eyes that we may see.

We are often blind to the needs of others.

Help us see our sisters and brothers as you see them.

Let your Light of Life shine through us that others may see you in our midst.

Nudge us to do what is right,

trustful of your Spirit moving in and among us.

Amen.