FourthSunday of Lent - Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Lent
Friday March 28th, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Lent
"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
The Gospel of John teaches us about who Jesus is, how we can come to faith in him, and how we should respond to him. To do this John provides a series of signs. The sign given here is of Jesus restoring physical sight to the blind man, but also giving him spiritual sight.
Jesus is not concerned with whether there is a connection between the man's blindness and sin. He is concerned about what he can do to restore his sight. Healing begins with an act of obedience when the blind man goes to the pool at Jesus' bidding. Obedience is rewarded with healing, and the man's new faith grows through testing and affirmation, leading ultimately to worship.
Where do you find yourself in this story? Might you count yourself among the Pharisees who are taken up with peripheral issues? "I am not a Pharisee," you say. But are you too taken up with your own concerns to miss what bigger things God is doing around you? Or are you like the parents who act out of fear and self-protection? In both cases the respective parties are blind to the miracle taking place.
Or are you like the blind man who takes a chance on Jesus by obeying him, acknowledging him, defending him, inviting others to know him, and in the end, worshipping him?
In all three cases a choice is presented: come to the light and be transformed, or deny the light and remain in darkness. This Lent, we are called to carefully look at the choices we make every day before Jesus. Today, what choices will you make?
Jesus, you are the light of the world. By your light, we pray, take the blindness from our eyes so that we can truly see you. Then may we be able to say: I once was lost but now Iʻm found, was blind but now I see.
Dr. Thomas Power
Tom is theological librarian in the John W. Graham Library, oversees distance education, and coordinates internships in the MTS Development program at Wycliffe College. In addition, his teaching interests focus on 18th and early 19th century church history, Irish and British Christianity in particular. His book, Ministers and Mines: Religious Conflict in an Irish Mining Community, 1847-1858, is to appear in 2014. His current research interests concern the history of theological education in the early nineteenth century, specifically at Trinity College Dublin, and forms of conversion in eighteenth century editions of the Book of Common Prayer.