My initial intention was to have two posts per week, but sometimes it has not been possible. But it is the case this time around. After what has been explained in the previous post, the homily will focus (I think, there is still time) on what I believe the gospel is prompting us to change: We have to learn to see things, both people and situations, the way Jesus would see them.
Often, the reason why we do not see things the way Jesus sees them is because we let our pre-judgments and ideologies color the lenses with which we all see reality. Isn’t that the problem of the Pharisees in the gospel? Isn’t a cultural ideology to think that if the man was blind, it had to do with some sin his parents had committed? They do not see that Jesus has healed someone; they see that He did it on the Sabbath. For them, the value of healing someone was inferior to the fact that Jesus had broken the Law.
If I said in the previous post that the how of the miracle was significant, and I just reflected on the when of the miracle, we also should reflect about the where of the miracle. The healing takes place in a synagogue, the place where you would least expect to find so much fanaticism and ideology. Shouldn’t faith communities (the synagogues then, parishes today) be where you would least expect to find people so blinded by ideology?
As we continue this process of growth during Lent, we are invited to reflect about our pre-judgments and ideologies, what negative effects they have on how we see people and situations around us, and consider how much they slow our growth—as human beings and as disciples.
Ideologies are choices. Jesus chose not to see that it was the Sabbath. Jesus chose not to see that his actions would enrage the religious leadership of his time. Jesus saw a human being that was not living to his full potential and he turned him into a disciple—just as he did with the Samaritan woman last week, and as he will do with Lazarus next week.
PS: I was at Good Shepherd Parish in Alexandria, VA, to conduct a Parish Mission last week. Of course, I promoted the blog. I welcome 20 new followers from that parish, one that will always be in my heart. Welcome!