By Father James Foster
We are now past the halfway mark of our Lenten journey. For some of us it will have been a wonderful moment of personal and spiritual growth. However for some of us we might be finding our Lenten commitments somewhat challenging and may have slipped. Whatever the case, this week is a chance to recommit as we grow in our relationship with Jesus and continually experience his loving embrace. As Bishop Greg said in his Lenten Message for 2017, “take it gently and as each Lent moves into Easter you will be a slightly better person”.
Jesus’ unconditional love for each person, especially those who are poor, vulnerable and looked down upon by others in society, shines in our Gospel today. A man born blind has a personal encounter with Jesus, experiences healing, and his life is changed forever.
Today, we are invited to personally encounter anew Jesus who wants to journey with us just like he accompanied the blind man, to receive the tremendous gift of his merciful love, and be radically transformed for the better. Jesus’ encounter with the blind man reveals that it does not matter what our history is, how other people might perceive us, or what our status is – we are invited each day to be open to Christ’s light and share it with others.
As St Paul encourages us in our second reading today, “try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast.”
Let us continue trying our best with Christ’s help, supporting, encouraging and praying for each other in our journey.