Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

Stay with us, Lord, on our journey

Cycle A

Fourth Sunday of Lent

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 John 9:1,6-9,13-17,34-38

"I am the Light of the World"

It is St. John who gives us this story of the cure of the man born blind. For John, it is a sign, an illustration of Jesus' mission as 'the light of the world'. Jesus not only gives physical vision, but also indicates that by his teaching, life and personal presence he is the source of a new, spiritual vision which we call believing. Jesus opens the eyes of our minds and hearts so that, like this healed man, we too might say 'Lord, I believe'. By this act of faith the man in the Gospel opened his life to the light that is Christ. Today Christ invites a similar response from us - to open our lives afresh to the light of his presence.

Jesus is our light. People search for meaning and purpose as they grope their way through life in the darkness of uncertainty, ignorance and misunderstanding. Jesus scatters that darkness by revealing God to us, and God's purpose and will for us. By his teaching and example he opens our eyes to the possibility of seeing everything in a new light. As he did with the blind man, so he gives to us a new way of looking at the world around us. Thus he stirs within us the willingness to act differently - because we see things differently - and in this way he also makes us sharers in his enlightening and life-giving work.

Jesus proclaims that he is the Light of the World, and we in our turn are called to be light of the world for in baptism we are born into union with him. So St. Paul addresses us with those challenging words: “you are light in the Lord; be like children of the light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth”.