2020-03-224th Sunday of LentRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

There are different kinds of blindness. Let's consider the following examples:

One man brushes his young daughter away when she wants to show him her artwork. "Can't you see that I'm trying to watch a basketball game" he says to her.

Another father is so overwhelmed by his love for his daughter, he writes the song, "Isn't she lovely" in her honor. His name is Stevie Wonder.

Which man truly sees his daughter? Which man is blind?

A man ignores his wife pleas for attention. She wants to hear if he still thinks she is attractive. She wants him to listen to her hopes and her hurts. She wants to share a greater intimacy with him. He just wants to know if she has washed his shirt yet.

Another husband is so overwhelmed by his love for his wife that he writes her a love song "You are so beautiful to me. You're everything I hoped for. You're everything I need. You are so beautiful to me". His name is Ray Charles.

Which man truly sees his wife? Which man is blind?

A woman sits in church during Mass. While the Word of God is spoken, and the bread of God is broken and the People of God are worshipping, she is thinking "I wonder what I'll fix for dinner today."

My cousin, who is a nun, lived with another Sister who was blind. They did spiritual retreats together. The blind Sister saw many things that other people do not see.

Our Gospel text features the very same irony concerning blindness in its various forms. The man in the Gospel passage is born blind but is healed by Jesus. The Pharisees, on the other hand, are born with sight but move to spiritual blindness. What the author of the passage, St. John, is asking is to consider: who is really blind? And what kind of blindness is more difficult to heal?

Most of us here today have been blessed by God with physical sight but we are sometimes blind to the goodness that surrounds us. The remaining days of Lent offer us the opportunity to rectify that situation. The Lord is asking us today to examine our consciences by asking ourselves in what areas are we blind? We all have blind spots and oftentimes we are the last ones to know what they are.

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