Month: March 2017

4th Sunday Lent Year A 2017

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Gospel Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year A – March 26th 2017

Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available.


John 9:1-41


The curing of sight was on two levels.  The miracle ends with Jesus telling the man he is looking at the Son of Man.  He can now see who Jesus is with the eyes of faith. The physical miracle has led to a deeper faith. Other times deep faith has led to a physical miracle.


The blind man was open to faith; he was a true disciple in that his listening to what Jesus also led him to do led to doing it.  Faith is both a way of thinking and a way of doing; it is prayer and service; when our heart opens in faith to Jesus, our hands open in aid to the poorest of the poor.

The blind man was poor in the sight of many; he would have been thought as a sinner, and his parents, because he was blind. Not alone could he not see, but he was not accepted as a person of religion and faith.  His faith was easily awakened by Jesus.

Openness to faith is a call in our whole lives. Jesus is never a finished product for us. He has always something new to offer in love and something new to offer in wisdom.  Like the blind man listening to his instructions to wash in the pool, we are the richer by listening to his word, and allowing his word and the faith of the community guide us in life.

Take some holy water each day and ask to be washed clean of sin and unfaithfulness.

Amazing grace, I once was lost and now am found. Help me stay like this!

Donal Neary SJ

Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger