Imagine being born blind, and then gifted with eyesight later in life. Things which were just described before can now be seen in their true colors and vivid reality. There must be some disorientation before the man in the Gospel can appreciate the experience, perhaps one of the best moments of his life.
However, his happiness must be short-lived since instead of sharing his joy, the people and the Jews’ skepticism caused him trouble, as the Pharisees were trying to find fault on Jesus for doing work on the Sabbath. To the thinking of the Jews, being blind is a sign of sin though even when his sight was restored, they still continue to label him as such. They didn’t believe in his story and found it difficult to trust him, so they threw him out. Gifted with eyesight didn’t remove the previous identify that he has.
Being born blind must be one of the most unfortunate attribute one can ever have. You can miss the beautiful scenes of the mountains, the colors of clothing as well as man-made structures, even the animals on land and fishes in the seas and oceans. Yet the Gospel tells us that gaining sight can also disorient, just like the man. What the others did to him may have confused him all the more.
Yet, “when Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, He found him.” (Jn. 9: 35) The Lord must have looked for him then! To complete his conversion, Jesus asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” After verifying who the Son of Man is, he said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him. (v. 38)
The Gospel themes are now getting heavier as we move closer to the Holy Week. Like the ending scenes of an epic movie, the intensity heightens, the plot thickens. As in my own personal experience, whenever we find some insights that we thought people will appreciate, there will be disagreements and discord; other’s postures will get us more confused. Yet, with all that’s happening around us, just like what Jesus did to the man, let us just allow the Lord to find us. He will be glad to, and we will be at peace. And we will be all right.
“I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.” (Jn. 8: 12)