The Lent programme on the Sunday readings continues on Thursdays: Pro-Cathedral @ 11.30 am and Gardiner’s St Church @ 7.30 pm. The slides of each programme may be downloaded here: http://www.tarsus.ie/page-11/.
Our first reading portrays a prophet who cannot see very well, because he sees as humans do. In a way, God has to step in to (over)see the election. The key phrase is: but the Lord looks on the heart (1Samuel 16:7). The theme of God’s guidance in darkness continues in the psalm. The excerpt from Ephesians profiles light in contrast to darkness. Key words: light, illuminate, shine, used of coming to faith in Christ and lead us to the brilliant story of the man born blind. The Gospel story—also a quest— serves to explore one of the “I am” sentences of the Fourth Gospel: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5) The seeing of faith is bestowed by the one who is our light.
Often in the Fourth Gospel, we are overhearing issues at the time of writing. This is certainly the case with John 9 — being “thrown out of the synagogue” was not an issue during Jesus’ ministry but was very much an issue towards the end of the first century. It provide a key insight into the social context of the gospel and serves as a powerful example of what can happen when faith is under pressure.
The audio of the gospel notes
Click here: https://soundcloud.com/user-679942596/a17lent4
For a refreshing review of blindness in the Bible: http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/453/article/man-born-blind.
Scripture Summer School, 19-23 June
Starting last year, there is an annual Scripture Summer School in Clonliffe College, Dublin. Our subject this year is the Eucharist in biblical perspective. For more information, booking details and a poster, click on this link: http://www.tarsus.ie/page-15/.
With best regards
Kieran O’Mahony, OSA