FOURTH WEEK OF LENT                                                                                   
Sunday, March 26
Allison Ivcic   
Class of 2017

 

You Don’t Need To See To Believe

 

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, or You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4

 

As a baby falling asleep in my mother’s arms, I would cry if she shut off the light. I needed to see her to feel her presence. In today’s world, it has become difficult to believe without seeing. If we have an immature, faith, we sometimes don't think that God is there when things aren't going our way.

 

Sheep learn to follow their master's voice to avoid danger. Over time they come to trust that he will lead them to food and keep them from their enemies. We need to learn how to discern the voice of the Lord from the voices of the world. This can only be done if, like the sheep, we learn to hear the voice of our true shepherd even though we cannot see Him, and to do this we need to establish a real relationship with Him. It is important to also turn our backs on the world’s superficial goods and follow Jesus so that we can come to know what is truly righteous and good. In the gospel today, the blind man only hears the voice of Jesus, yet he believes it is the Lord long before he sees Him. Jesus doesn't just heal the blind man; He brings him into the fold. The blind man comes to know Jesus as the Lord.

 

True faith is the belief in things not seen, but like the blind man, we can see evidence of God's hand in our lives if we spend time with Him at Mass, before the Blessed Sacrament, fasting, and going to Reconciliation. Like the blind man, we need to allow ourselves to be led out of darkness by following the voice of our true Good Shepherd. We can’t just believe; we need to embrace our faith and listen to the voice of the Shepherd and follow Him.

 

Lord, give me the strength to move out of this world of darkness and sin
and into the light of the presence of You, my Shepherd. Amen.

 

1 Sam 16:1b 6-7, 10-13a                  Ps 23:1-6              Eph 5:8-14         Jn 9:1-41