Lent 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Learning to See

Learning to See

“Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.’” —John 9:3

Just as spiritual blindness can be far more devastating than the loss of physical sight, so having our vision of God’s grace restored can bring healing far beyond the physical. We see light instead of darkness, and in that light we discover a side of ourselves that we thought we had lost. We look with new eyes on the people around us and see how they, too, are children of God.

One of Francis’ greatest works is his “Canticle of the Creatures.” Francis wrote it late in his life. He was nearly blind from an eye disease acquired on his missionary travels. He could no longer see any of the natural delights that he had enjoyed throughout his life. In the midst of darkness and suffering, he praised light and joy.

Pray with Saint Francis

Most high, all-powerful, all good, Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honour
And all blessing. Amen.


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