Posted by: fvbcdm | March 28, 2014

Feast of Saint Venturino (28 March 2014)

On this Sunday we read at Mass the account of Our Lord’s healing of the man who had been born blind.  On a sabbath day, Jesus picks up a bit of dirt, mixes it with his own saliva to make a little paste in the palm of his hand, smears this paste on the blind man’s eyes, and sends him to wash his eyes off in the pool of Siloam nearby.   The man was cured of his congenital blindness and began to see.  And this new vision is used by Our Lord as a symbol of the faith that he brings to us by his preaching of the word of God.  It is one thing to see physically; it is similar but better to “see”, that is, understand and know, the truths of our holy faith.  And since one of the elements of our joy at Easter is the reception into the Church—the believing and knowing community—of those who are to be received at Easter, the Church chooses for this fourth Sunday of Lent, and fourth Sunday before Easter, this story of the man who was born blind and is now given sight by our Redeemer.  You and I are people of faith.  We were born in a state of total ignorance about Christ and his gospel.  But that darkness of ignorance was illuminated by the light of divine revelation, that is, the preaching of Christ and its constant reiteration by the Church down through the ages.

At the end of the account of this healing, Our Lord asks the man he has just healed: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  The man answers in obedient and humble willingness to do whatever Jesus asks him to, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”  Our Lord replies, “The one speaking to you is he.”  And the immensely grateful man for whom a whole new world of clarity, color, and vision has just opened, said “I do believe, Lord” and worshipped him.  Which probably meant that he fell to his knees, having just called Jesus first “sir” and then “Lord”.  As we celebrate this Sunday of Lent and contemplate this passage of the gospel of Saint John, let us too fall, either physically or psychologically to our knees before this Jesus, our Lord, the source of our natural and supernatural knowledge, and lovingly worship him. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.


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