4th Sunday of Lent [2011]

Readings:4th Sunday of Lent 20111 [Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13;Psalm 22:1-6;Ephesians 5:8-14;John 9:1-41;

or John 9:1,6-9,13-17,34-38]

“Why do you want me to repeat the whole story again? Do you want to become his disciples too?

I try to imagine the confidence of the blind-but-now-can-see man asking the Religious authorities this question. I believe it’s very hard to argue with the Pharisees because they are always right in terms of Jewish religious practices. But this question serves as a hiccup for them. They just couldn’t believe that a blind man for many years, whom they would have abused many times, ignored, and belittled, can now see very well. But there is more, they could not accept the fact that Jesus did it.

This healing story is quite different from the other healing narratives in  the gospels, because here, the blind man did not plead or beg Jesus to cure him. Jesus however took the initiative to get close to him, to touch him, to put a spittle on his eyes, and eventually to restore his sight.

Jesus did it for one reason. He saw that that there is a  need to do it, i.e. the need of the blind man to see, and the need of the Pharisees to accept him.

However, Jesus’ invitation to come into their lives received two different reactions. The blind man obeyed what Jesus told him. He went to the pool of  Siloam, he washed, and he saw. Meanwhile the Pharisees looked for a dark corner,  of their legal obligations, thus, they failed to see what Jesus wishes them to see, i.e. the REAL reason of their religious observance.

Many times in our lives, God wants to visit us. But we tend to ignore him. God comes to us both in bad and in good times in our lives. However, the problem with us is that when bad things happen, we blame God, but when good things happen, we take the credit to ourselves as our own doing.

Philip Yancey once said, “No one who encounters Jesus remains the same.” This is true of the blind man, but not for the Pharisees.

The reason behind this is that one opens his heart to  Him and let God  rule over his life, especially his need, while the others closed the doors of their heart to Jesus. Jesus could not force to get into the door of our heart because there is no doorknob from the outside, but only from the inside. He keeps on knocking though, until we let him in, or worst drive him away.

It’s Fourth Sunday of Lent now, and here we are continuing our Lenten journey following the way of the Cross.  So let us examine our lives. Let’s recall a time in our lives when God wishes to  come into our lives. Have we welcomed him, or we just ignored him?

It’s never too late. He is still outside waiting for us to let him in. He is waiting patiently, like the blind man waiting patiently for people passing by, hoping for people’s generosity. Let’s welcome him NOW…COME in LORD Jesus!

Comment navigation

← Older Comments

21 comments on “4th Sunday of Lent [2011]

  1. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thx again

  2. Usually I don’t read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice article.

  3. I like your blog design. What template did you use ??

  4. Awsome article. Bookmarked for future referrence

  5. Interesting post i totally agree with the comments above. Keep us posting !!

  6. Very interesting site, but you must improve your template graphics.

  7. Simply killing some in between class time on Digg and I found your article . Not usually what I want to examine, but it surely was completely worth my time. Thanks.

  8. Simply killing some in between class time on Digg and I discovered your article . Not usually what I desire to read about, but it surely was completely value my time. Thanks.

  9. I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and I always find a gem in your new posts. Thanks for sharing.

  10. That fantabulous post this has been. Within no way seen this kind associated with useful post. I’m grateful to you and anticipate much more associated with posts such as. Thank you very much.

  11. First of all I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thank you!

  12. as soon as I discovered this website I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  13. I really like your writing style, great info , thanks for putting up : D.

  14. It was truly deep and thought-provoking. This was truly deep and thought provoking. As well, in case you did not have that, it was truly deep also as a good post By the way our prayers go out to everyone close by the tidal wave hopefully your are OK plus safer !!!

  15. Congratulations on possessing definitely certainly one of probably the most sophisticated blogs Ive arrive across in a while! Its simply wonderful how a lot you’ll have the ability to contemplate away from a thing principally merely because of how visually gorgeous it is. Youve place collectively a terrific weblog website area –great graphics, movies, layout. That is definitely a should-see web site!

  16. Good Day from Oregon! I found that very worthwhile. Thanks for the post. I will be back to look for more news as soon as I get the chance.

  17. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  18. Exceptional post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thank you!

  19. Hello, glad i found your site. It helped me to understand the topic a bit better.

  20. Greetings! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

Comment navigation

← Older Comments

What do you say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: