Fourth Sunday in Lent


by Fr. Chris Valka, CSB

Our Gospel for the Scrutinies this week reintroduces us to the blind man whose sight is restored by Jesus. Most certainly, it is a chance for us to consider what we are blind to: the injustices of our society; the abuses to creation; the social and individual sinfulness of our own lives; or perhaps the goodness of others that may be harder to see.

However, I also think it is a chance for us to consider how we often live in dimness thinking it is the light. Our own building has made this abundantly clear with the recent lighting changes. Most of us thought that the light was adequate enough, but now that we have tripled the light, it is hard to imagine how we ever saw anything in the building before!

It is not that our lives are in darkness, but nor are we basking in the full radiance of Christ’s light. Thus, we have to learn how to move and see in the dimness.

A few years ago, I met a fellow who helped me understand what this means. He had recently lost most of his sight as a result of a car accident. At first, he hurt himself frequently because he kept trying to move and perceive the world as he did before. And he was angry because all he could see was darkness.

In time, he began to perceive the world differently and move a little slower. He found that he could see, though not as he did before.

What I learned from him is that, until the day comes when we bask fully in the radiant light of Christ, we too should learn to move a little slower and see the world differently, lest we hurt ourselves in the dimness. We can learn to see the light in the shadows as so long as we focus on that, then the darkness will not seem so dark.