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Father Arthur’s Homily March 22 – How am I a witness to God’s Love for me?

Posted on March 21, 2020 by Published by

4th Sunday of Lent – Year A Gospel John 9:1-41

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him,
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered,
“Neither he nor his parents sinned;
it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.
We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day.
Night is coming when no one can work.
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When he had said this, he spat on the ground
and made clay with the saliva,
and smeared the clay on his eyes,
and said to him,
“Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” —which means Sent—.
So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,
“Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?”
Some said, “It is, “
but others said, “No, he just looks like him.”
He said, “I am.”
So they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
He replied,
“The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes
and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’
So I went there and washed and was able to see.”
And they said to him, “Where is he?”

He said, “I don’t know.”

They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
He said to them,
“He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”
So some of the Pharisees said,
“This man is not from God,
because he does not keep the sabbath.”
But others said,
“How can a sinful man do such signs?”
And there was a division among them.
So they said to the blind man again,
“What do you have to say about him,
since he opened your eyes?”
He said, “He is a prophet.”

Now the Jews did not believe
that he had been blind and gained his sight
until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight.
They asked them,
“Is this your son, who you say was born blind?
How does he now see?”
His parents answered and said,
“We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
We do not know how he sees now,
nor do we know who opened his eyes.
Ask him, he is of age;
he can speak for himself.”
His parents said this because they were afraid
of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed
that if anyone acknowledged him as the Christ,
he would be expelled from the synagogue.
For this reason his parents said,
“He is of age; question him.”

So a second time they called the man who had been blind
and said to him, “Give God the praise!
We know that this man is a sinner.”
He replied,
“If he is a sinner, I do not know.
One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.”
So they said to him,
“What did he do to you?
How did he open your eyes?”
He answered them,
“I told you already and you did not listen.
Why do you want to hear it again?

Do you want to become his disciples, too?”
They ridiculed him and said,
“You are that man’s disciple;
we are disciples of Moses!
We know that God spoke to Moses,
but we do not know where this one is from.”
The man answered and said to them,
“This is what is so amazing,
that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.
We know that God does not listen to sinners,
but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him.
It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind.
If this man were not from God,
he would not be able to do anything.”
They answered and said to him,
“You were born totally in sin,
and are you trying to teach us?”
Then they threw him out.

When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
He answered and said,
“Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”
Jesus said to him,
“You have seen him,
the one speaking with you is he.”
He said,
“I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.
Then Jesus said,
“I came into this world for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see,
and those who do see might become blind.”

Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this
and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?”
Jesus said to them,
“If you were blind, you would have no sin;
but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.

Father Artur’s Homily for Sunday, March 22

My brother and sisters, to truly live our lives means to continue moving forward. To live our lives means to live from one decision to the next in an effort to follow God’s will in a given moment, on a given day. That which we have already done, the decisions we have already made, the time we have already wasted – all of this has passed away, irreversibly. And before us, is the goal: Heaven. Before us are constantly new demands, requirements, and situations through which God wishes to free us from ourselves, from self-love, and from egoism. In our lives the old person must constantly die so that the new person may be born.

To live means to become a true person. For we who are baptized, becoming a true person means becoming a true Christian. But, we must ask ourselves: What doe it mean to be a true Catholic Christian? To be a true Christian means to continually grow in the virtues of faith, hope, and love. It means to continually deepen our faithfulness to the teachings of the Church by learning what these teachings are and following them. My brothers and sisters, it is not enough to say that we have reached a certain goal in our lives, that we now have faith, and we think we can love others. It is not enough, and we will never be able to say that we are perfect, that we truly love God, that we have attained Heaven on earth. If our hearts are sensi-tive and perceptive to God, then we will discover that God does not leave us in peace, and He will not leave us in peace until we are united with Him – until we accept Him, Who comes to us with true Love.

Each of us, are called to make decisions in our daily lives. Each of us is called to love God, to serve Him, to praise Him, and to grow closer to Him in each decision we make. Each of us is called to follow God’s will. We as Catholics are called to follow the truth, to follow the com-mandments, to follow the teachings of the Church. If we do this in a spirit of humility, gratitude and joy, then we will grow closer to God.

On this Sunday, I would like to invite you to ask yourselves: How am I a witness to the truth that is God’s Love for me? Do I live as a true Catholic Christian? How do I love God? These are not easy questions to answer. They require time to think and to examine your lives. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to take some time during Lenten season to open your hearts to God’s Love. If you open your hearts to God’s love, then He will help you to stand in the truth. He will help you to offer all of sinfulness to Jesus so that you may experience His loving mercy. God will help you to reach the next goal that is set before us. He will help you to reach Heaven. Amen.

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