Once again this week we have a lengthy passage from the Gospel of John, the story of the man born blind. Only the opening verses are given here and you are invited to complete the reading in your own Bible, by reading up to verse 41. This is another story of a journey in faith, which invites us to consider our own journey. The words of Jesus at the very start (verse 5) give us the theme: Jesus is the light of the world. Like the man born blind, we too have the opportunity of seeing again, seeing with greater clarity.
Even in the opening verses given above the man has already had to defend the reality of the healing. Yes, he is indeed the man who was blind from birth and he has indeed been given his sight. As the chapter continues he bears witness to Jesus more and more strongly and more and more indignantly. In the end it is clear that there are none so blind as those who will not see. The religious leaders refuse to see that Jesus brings light into the world. They refuse to acknowledge their own blindness.
It may seem strange that we have the story of David’s anointing as king in the first reading. This reminds us that, as we were given the light of faith in baptism, we were also anointed for God’s service. St Paul tells the Christians of Ephesus in our second reading: ‘You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord.’
What might we learn from the courageous witness of the man born blind?
Am I to some extent still blind and unwilling to see?
We pray for those who are still seeking the light and discouraged by darkness.
We pray for all those to be baptised at Easter.