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26th March 2017 - 4th Sunday of Lent

posted 25 Mar 2017, 02:23 by Veronica Yarwood

Mothering Sunday owes its origins to Mother

Church. On this Fourth Sunday of Lent, every year,

on what we call Laetare Sunday Or Rejoicing Sunday,

the Church celebrates her motherhood, as mother of

many nations and many peoples.


This is the time of the year for catechumens, i.e. for

people who are preparing for baptism. The Church

rejoices, as all the people round the world who are

preparing for baptism come to new life in the womb

of the Church.


The Church is not an impersonal institution. She is a

universal mother. Like any good mother she serves

her children with life, with truth, with faith, with love

and with forgiveness. The Church is so much a

mother that in our English tradition this Sunday

became 'Mothering Sunday'.

So what's the word? What's the advice from

Mother Church today? Clearly, "Behave as children

.of the light." (Ep.5.8.) "Don't be spiritually



The first thing sight saw in today's gospel is wilful

blindness. The supreme irony is that after Christ

cured him, what the blind man first saw were people

who would not use their sight at all. There are none

so blind as those who will not see.

The Pharisees were nothing if not sharp-sighted.

They could spot an Infringement of the Sabbath a

mile off. They were so sharp-sighted they even

spotted the deeply infernal origins of Christ's

miraculous powers!


What they couldn't or wouldn't -see was that Jesus'

miracles, including the cure of the man born blind,

were definite indications of Jesus' Messiahship.

They couldn't or rather wouldn't see it, because they

did not want to.


They felt threatened. They. were afraid. Their

religion and their world was likely to become extinct.

Very often the same issues govern our religious

interests, so we know where the Pharisees are coming

from. It is the blind spot. Anything that threatens

us and our way of life.


So what's your blind spot? What is-MY blind spot?

We all have them and by definition we cannot see

them Some aspect of Christ's teaching about justice, honesty

 or forgiveness? Some sin we prefer

not to see? A hardening of the heart, perhaps - in

antipathy towards a neighbour or indifference to the



Could it be that we only accept a Jesus cosily

compartmentalised in our categories of what's

acceptable to us? Have we got the Lord safely

tabernacled in our very limited view of life and the

larger life.

The word today is "Get your eyes tested!" See the

Lord more clearly for what he is and see his

challenge without ambiguity. "Behave as children

of the light. That leaves us all with one prayer

only, "Lord, that I may see!"


p 109 and p110. Veritas.