The Sunday of the Blind Man

JCBLIND1Today we commemorate the healing of the man who had been born blind. Saint John tells us how Jesus sought him out, applied a paste to his eyes, and instructed him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. When the man returned, he was able to see.

This miracle which the Lord worked in giving sight to the blind man, is closely connected to the mysteries which we have been celebrating since Pascha. In rising from the dead, the Risen Christ has given light to the whole world and has released us from the powers of darkness. At last Sunday’s Liturgy we proclaimed that Christ, “after being hidden from sight in the tomb, has risen again more brightly than the sun, and thereby illumines all believers.”

However, the Resurrection of the Lord is not simply an external event that we are called to affirm, but a living reality that we need to learn to see. Like the man in the Gospel, we too are blind, although our blindness is probably more spiritual than physical. Our eyes have become darkened by sin, and by the fallen state of the world into which we are born.

The Risen Christ comes to enlighten us with His light, just as He came to the man born blind. He comes to heal us of our own spiritual blindness. However, in order to behold the true and saving light, we need to learn humility and repentance, acknowledging our own blindness and calling out to Him for healing.


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