“man blind from birth”
in today’s Gospel reminds us that each of us is weak and lacking in something and that each of us is given gifts for the glory of God. Sometimes our weakness in one area opens us to strengths in other areas.
The man in today’s Gospel was born without the ability to see the physical world, but God gave him a strong sense of discernment in regard to even more important spiritual matters. He had the grace to
to Jesus and
do what Jesus told him
. Among the rare moments in the Gospels when our Heavenly Father is heard audibly, [e.g. at Jesus’ Baptism and Transfiguration], He tells us in regard to Jesus to
“listen to Him.”
Among the rare moments in the Gospels when our Blessed Mother is heard audibly, she tells us
“do whatever he tells you.”
The man in today’s Gospel in need of healing and lacking physical sight, has the grace to do both of these. Physical (and more importantly spiritual) ailments can be a tremendous trial and mystery to us. God does not allow them without accompanying us in an often mysterious manner and working them for our good.
We pray for the grace of the man in today’s Gospel to
to Jesus and
do whatever He tells us
. God can then turn our weakness to good
“so that the works of God might be made visible through us."
In Christ, son of Mary,