Fourth Sunday in Lent
Psalm 23 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9: 1-41
John’s Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent calls to think about seeing, blindness, and healing. The young man is literally blind, but “sees”, knows and acknowledges it. He gains his sight, becoming able to physically see, because he trusts that Jesus can heal him. The Pharisees, who can literally see, are blinded by jealousy, and their desire to remain in power. They miss seeing what is really going on around them because they are distracted. They are blind, but do not know it.
We, the youth of St. Mark’s, recognize that we too are blind in many ways. We are distracted by many things, especially technology like our phones, and social media. These things “blind” us to what matters, and to what is really going on. We know this. We hope that by recognizing our blindness, we can ask Jesus to heal us. We promise to try to pay attention. We pray that Jesus will help us see – healing us, and freeing us from the things that distract us, and make us blind. We ask Jesus to take from darkness into light – from blindness to sight! As the Letter to the Ephesians puts it, We want to “ Live as children of light.” We know that the true light, Jesus, makes everything visible. This Lenten Season, may Jesus, the light of the world, awake us from our sleep, take away our distraction, and heal us from our blindness. May Christ’s light shine on us all! Amen.
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