Reflection from Fr. Taylor: March 26, 2017, 4th Sunday of Lent

Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13   Ephesians 5:8-14   John 9:1,6-9,13-17,34-38

In last Sunday’s Gospel we read of a woman who had great.  Reconciliation and conversion are ongoing through life and she was made whole by Jesus.

In today’s story about the blind man we have another event about faith and trust in God. This person is touched by Jesus, he accepts Jesus, he witnesses about the love of Jesus and other people react to the witness. We have had occasions when we have been touched by Jesus. More often than not it is by our relationship with others. The way that we know Christ is by our encounter with each other. We accept Christ as we bring others to Him and this leads us to be a witness. Each of us are witnesses to the love of God and how God has called us to make a difference in this world. When we make that difference other people react to it.

This week’s story tells us how much Jesus wants to enliven our faith. Although we may not be able to touch Jesus physically, we can still experience His presence. He is always reaching out to us and asks us to reach out to others. Each day He is urging us to look to Him for help and inspiration and be willing to give this to others.

The world today is in so much need of love and reconciliation and peace. We have an obligation to overcome hatred and bigotry which seem so apparent. Without Jesus this is not possible, and without our action it is not
possible.

Lent is an opportunity to see this. In doing good we may experience many troubles and sorrows. But strength is always there. These faith stories are important as many are planning to come into the church and receive the Easter Sacraments. As we enter the most intense part of our Lenten Journey, let us resolve to live the gospel in its fullest, to not be discouraged but uplifting to others, and to reassess our own priorities.

God is counting on you and me. Remember there is no one else but us. Sinners can be forgiven. The blind can
see. The lame can walk, and the world can be renewed.

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