The search for the new king and the choice and anointing of David open a new chapter in the story of the Israel. Each step of the way is determined by God, making the history of Israel a history of salvation. David was considered too young or unimportant to be considered; yet he is the one chosen.
Once again, God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the strong. David’s anointing was a solemn action that sealed God's choice. After the ritual, the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David. God's saving power would be brought to the community through the work of this individual.
The move from darkness to light is the principal way we see the change that has taken place in the lives of Christians as a result of their commitment to Christ. The three qualities that are produced by the light ~ goodness, righteousness, truth ~ are symbolic of the complete transformation of character that this light can effect. We go from sleep to wakefulness; from death to new life; from darkness to illumination. Christians have entered into a new state of being, which will require of them a new way of living.
The healing of the blind man isn't a restoration; this man was born blind. By means of the water that washed away his blindness, he is made a completely new creation. He progresses from knowing the name of the one who cured him, to professing that Jesus is a prophet, to proclaiming that he comes from God. The struggle between darkness and light, between blindness and sight runs throughout this story.
Jesus is the light of the world. The man, who is gradually brought from his physical blindness to sight, also moves from spiritual blindness to religious insight. The Pharisees were blind to the truth that the newly cured man saw so clearly. The one who was blind sees, and those who can see are blind. Where do we find blindness that Jesus can heal?
This 4th Sunday is the middle of our journey this Lent. Where are we in this process of moving from darkness to light? How can each of us personally be a light to those in our parish? Who has helped to bring light into my life?
As we approach the end of the season of Lent in just a few weeks, we need to answer those questions and remind ourselves of the light that is ours already, and the challenge to live in that light each day. Like the man in today’s Gospel, we need to make an effort to seek the Lord through the charisms of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Believe What You Like
If you only believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.
~~ Saint Augustine