2nd scrutiny rites healing of the blind man

Jesus said that he came 'to open the eyes of the blind'. He wasn't talking about the physically blind only, but all those who had lost their way in life and who could no longer find their way to the Father's house. Thus he opened the eyes of Zacchaeus to the danger of riches. He opened the eyes of Mary Magdalen to the wretched­ness of her life. He opened the eyes of the dying thief to the light of God's mercy. All of these found their way into the Kingdom of God, while the Pharisees stumbled along in the dark.

Without faith we are in deep night and do not know where we are going. Faith helps us to see in the dark. The one who guides us unerringly along the dark paths of life is Christ. We put our total trust in him who said: 'Those who follow me will never walk in darkness but will always have the light of life'. Those who have been enlightened by Christ can never again see themselves and their lives in the same light as before. Everything is lit up with an inner radiance.

In a sense we are all born blind. As we go through life our eyes are gradually opened to the vision of truth. We need not be afraid to own our many forms of blindness. Christ will touch our eyes with his gentle hands and gradually open them until we are able to see as he sees. We are not alone. We are members of a community on which Christ has shed his light. We must support one another. We are also called to act as guides to others who have not yet seen the light of Christ.

`You will be very poor until you realise that it is not with your eyes open that you see the clearest'. (Helder Camara)

I wish you continued blessing during Lent.

Fr. Phil