Our Gospel this weekend has, at its centre, a discussion about blindness – a blindness for which Jesus is the remedy. There is a wonderful couple of verses in psalm 139 – they read “If I say, ‘surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night’” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Ps 139:11-12). Yes, even in the darkness of this world, the light of Jesus continues to burn brightly. This might be the key to the vision that faith in Jesus offers us.
As people of faith we are not exempt from the darkness, however with the eyes of faith, even the darkness can be illuminating. Indeed continuing to walk, despite the darkness, is an opportunity for spiritual humility, an admission of our frailty, and an chance to trust more completely in the grace and providence of God. Even the man healed of his blindness in our Gospel this weekend, when asked by the Pharisee’s for an explanation of his healing, replies simply – “He is a prophet.”
Is there a Lenten lesson for us here ? Perhaps its this, that when confronted by the dark times in life, instead of asking for a release, we might instead ask for a greater trust in God, that we might be accompanied safely through these days of trial.