In today’s Gospel Jesus heals a blind man. Before the miracle, Jesus’ disciples ask Him “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus replies: “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” Then Jesus puts clay on the man’s eyes and asks him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.

Jesus, with his simple words and gentle touch, shows his great love and mercy for us. Jesus loves us immensely and calls us to follow Him and treat each other with love, compassion and without judgment. He also teaches us that by walking with Him in life, the work of God may be made visible through us too, if we let Him heal us.

In the readings Jesus also mentions: “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world,” meaning that if we come closer to Him, He not only opens our eyes, but He also lights up our path and deepens our faith.

In this Lenten season I pray for Jesus’ gentle touch to our eyes, so that we can see and walk with Him as his disciples did, being “light in the Lord.”

Jimena Collingwood
Assistant Director, Office of Study Abroad