In the world wars past, we read of soldiers leaving their homes to answer the call of the country. Today, medical practitioners extend time to complete the work they have started doing. People who have responsibilities over other people and physical assets are required by the nature of their work to stay near their installations. Their responsibilities go beyond the normal 8 to 5 work of the other employees.
In today’s Gospel (Jn. 9: 1-41), the Pharisees were asking the blind beggar how he was able to see again. He said to them,
“He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”
Some of the Pharisees said many things about him because they do not believe it was a miracle, they even summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight to ask them,
“Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How does he now see?”
His parents answered and said,
“We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. We do not know how he sees now,
nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him, he is of age; he can speak for himself.”
The Pharisees were more concerned about the reason for the beggar’s getting his sight again, rather than praising God for blessing the blind beggar with the miracle.
In difficult and trying times, we ask why certain events happen. We even question God why He allows bad things to happen to good people. In our sorrow, we tend to be confused and can’t understand why these are happening.
Yet, in the miracle in today’s Gospel, God has also allowed this to happen. Not to be just a casual event but when asked why the man was born blind, Jesus answered,
“Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
In today’s Fourth Sunday of Lent homily, Fr. Armand said that we don’t need to know the answer to these questions, because these moments have already been designed to show God’s power. The time is now, not tomorrow, not yesterday, but now.We don’t need to know why, but rather our faith should lead us, not by sight and not by evidence. When we trust God, we just submit to His will, confident that He is in control over what’s happening around us. Sooner or later, we will understand the reason for things to happen.
As we begin this fourth week of Lent, let us be comforted by the exhortation of St. Paul (Second Reading, Eph. 5: 8-14),
“You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.”
Let us pray for our frontliners, that the Lord give them strength and courage to pursue their mission successfully and faithfully. Let us pray for our bishops and priests, those who serve as chaplains in the hospitals, that they may be strengthened and comforted as they serve the Lord with gladness and purity of heart. Let us pray for healing of those affected with this deadly virus.
May we continue to trust the Lord, confident that God does not give us trials to test our faith, but that He gives us faith to get us through the trials we face. It is time to prove our faith in Him.
“I am the light of the world, says the Lord;whoever follows me will have the light of life.” (Jn. 8: 12)
(Thanks to Internet technology we can “hear”the Holy Mass through Facebook Live streaming. Among the Churches that regularly do this is the St. John Bosco Parish of Makati. This Sunday, I “attended”the 10:00 A.M. Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB.)