Fourth Sunday of Lent

1 Sm 16:1, 6-7 & 10-13; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41 (year a)

‘God does not see as man sees; man looks at appearances, but God looks at the heart.” These words, spoken long ago by the prophet Samuel, prefaced the anointing of David as Israel’s king. The onlookers were amazed. David was a mere boy, the youngest, and, to their eyes, qualified only for minding sheep. We are reminded that God does not see as we see, and that his choice was fulfilled when Jesus, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, was welcomed as a Son of David.

As we approach Palm Sunday, and prepare to celebrate Christ’s entry into our own lives, let us humbly confess that we do not always see ourselves as God sees us, and that our ways are not always his ways.

Light and darkness are a recurrent theme throughout the Scriptures. They are powerful images describing the choices we make. We can choose light and sight, or darkness and blindness. Thus St Paul invites us to become “children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth”.

As we have been touched by sin, we carry within ourselves the seeds of darkness. Let us find reassurance in the promise that Christ is the light that the darkness could not overcome, and that in him our darkness is turned to light.

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