“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Today we hear the familiar story of Jesus helping the blind man to see. After being shunned by the Pharisees Jesus reveals himself to blind man and asks, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” To which the man replies, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.
How has Christ revealed himself in our lives? In what ways are we blind that through Jesus we may see light?
In John’s Gospel today we learn of the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea, namely the healing of the Royal official’s son. (John 4:43-54) In the course of their conversation Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
Do we need signs in our life to believe or do we have faith in the Lord? And as we look around our lives can we see the signs of Jesus’ love and compassion for us?
Today in the Gospel Jesus heals an ill man near the pools, telling him to “Take up your mat and walk.” Afterwards, the man went and told the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the one who had made him well. Therefore, they began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a Sabbath. (John 5:1-16)
As we move closer to Palm Sunday and the Passion of our Lord, the readings show us Jesus standing up for the poor and the sick and the leaders persecuting him for it. We’re called to witness the compassion of Jesus as a constant in the face of increased persecution from others.
“I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” (John 5:30)
As Jesus is questioned by the Jewish leaders, he answers by stating that it is God’s will, not his, that directs his path. What he does is fulfill the will of the one who sent him, our Father. As we continue through this Lenten season, are we conscious of the path God, our Father, has laid out for us? Are we fulfilling God’s will in our own lives?
“Jesus said to the Jews: … ‘The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.” (John 5:36-40)
Dear Jesus, I pray that during this season of Lent, I may strengthen my belief in You, receive You frequently through Holy Communion, and come closer to You through prayer and service.
“So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, ‘You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’” (John 7:28-29)
Dear God, you sent your only Son, to be with us and to teach us. I pray that I may follow Jesus’ example and teachings not only throughout this Lenten season, but throughout the rest of my life.
“Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, ‘This is truly the Prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Christ.’ But others said, ‘The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. (John 7:40-44)
There was a division among the Jews who recognized Jesus Christ, and those that didn’t recognize Him. Please let me be patient with those people in my life who still don’t recognize You, Lord.
“Jesus told Martha, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’” (John 11:25-26)
Dear Jesus, I pray that during this season of Lent, I give glory and praise to you for being my resurrection and life and dying for all of my sins.