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4th Sunday in Lent

By Fr. Tim Uniac, C.R.

Today in Samuel we see the beginnings (the roots) of David’s rise to power following his anointing as the future king, while the power of the current king, Saul, would begin to weaken. The anointing of David signals that a period of transition will begin, a transition from the tribal days of Joshua, ultimately leading to a centralized state under David. Yet there are undertones of fear in the passage today. While Samuel appears to be a confident and strong messenger of the Lord, he is in fact fearful that Saul will hear of the anointing of David and there will be repercussions. The undertones of fear are further reinforced when immediately following the anointing, David himself will flee in order to avoid Saul. While in hiding, the power of David would grow while he stayed in the deserts of Judah offering protection to the southern tribes. Not until the death of Saul, in the battle of Mount Gilboa, would the succession of David begin.

Today’s passage from Ephesians is from a section of the letter dealing with living the Christian life in the world (4:1-6:20). In particular the section today looks at the old life of darkness (pre-Christ) and contrasts it with the new life as “children of light”. The message is clear and straightforward: “Live as children of light … and Christ will shine on you.” We are called to have nothing to do with “the unfruitful works of darkness”. Our call is one of “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead!”

The gospel passage is from a section of John known as the “Book of Signs”. In this section the true identity of Jesus is being both disputed and revealed through the works/signs Jesus is carrying out. Here in this section we see the healing of the cripple (5:1-47), the feeding of the five thousand (6:1-70), the raising of Lazarus (11:1-44), and today’s passage where the blind man is healed (9:1-41). There are four things of importance in today’s passage worth noting (there are others but these four points are key). One, the notion that the man was being punished with blindness because of sin is totally refuted by Jesus. Two, the giving of sight happens on the Sabbath day, a fact that so “blinded” the Pharisees it was all they could see. Three, blindness and fear resulted in the man being driven away. And four, perhaps the most important point of the entire gospel, all of the events in the gospel today lead to the powerful proclamation by the man: “Lord, I believe.”

“‘Celebrating the Word’ is an apostolate of the Congregation of the Resurrection [Resurrectionists], which makes this faith-sharing resource available without cost. To read the full issue, or some of our recent back issues, please visit:

http://resurrectionists.ca/celebrating-the-word

03 – March 26, 2017

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