Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year A
Theme: The Light of God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday March 22 2020
(Jn. 9:1-41) Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday.
In today’s Gospel Jesus cures a blind man. It was a tedious process but gave a clear message. JESUS healed the blind man to show that He came not only to give physical sight but also to enlighten, give light, to everyone on God. Part of the task of JESUS was to reveal God through Him. In John’s Gospel, it is very noticeable that He only has few miracles compared to the other Gospel writers. For JOHN, the miracles of Jesus were meant to reveal His divinity and His mission. While it gave healing and benefits to the receptiveness, the ultimate reason was revelation. Thus, we read today’s Gospel in that light (pun intended).
We share that light. And we ought to share the light. We must be enlightened for us to be a reliable witness to others. How are we enlightened? It is also a tedious process. Conversion is one thing. To remain faithful is another. Thus, we must always be vigilant; always praying, opening ourselves to God, listening to His words, cooperative with the Church, making sacrifices, living a life of charity, etc. We never stop learning or being enlightened. And God will never stop giving His light.
And we should not stop witnessing. It was not easy and it will not be easy. Even Jesus Himself, the Light Himself, was rejected, doubted, and even arrested and put to death. The apostles and the early Christians suffered the same fate. But the light of JESUS never stopped glowing. We never give up on each other specially those who are least, last, and lost. Remember that our Lord Jesus searched for the lost sheep, the lost coin, and lost son, and the lost tax collectors like Matthew and Zacchaeus. Like Jesus, who committed to His Father that no one will be lost, we must also imbibe the same attitude. Let us not choose those who we will love, forgive, be generous to, and understand. Our light should not be focused only on what we want to see. It should flash without discriminating anyone. In fact, it should flash for those who are in darkness.