This week our Gospel is John 9:1-41 in which Jesus restores sight to the man born blind. As usual the Pharisees are not too happy with him, mostly, I think, because of their own blindness. We are all blind in many ways, blind to our strengths, faults, weaknesses; blind to others’ strengths, problems, hurts. But how many of us are blind to others’ faults or weaknesses? Few of us are blind to the negative in others, but many are blind to the negative in ourselves. If we do not try to root out this tendency to see ourselves as better than others we are Pharisees like those who do not want the blind man cured. If we do not see the negative in ourselves, we cannot see the positive in others because it is a threatening to see others as good. In order to truly see, we must first humble ourselves and then become blind to the faults of others, dwelling on on their light so that as Jesus says to the pharisees, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.” John 9:41

Why does our sin remain? Because we see others’ sins, not our own.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

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