That Time of Giving and Receiving

Fourth Sunday in Lent
[31] 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

While journeying through this time of Lent, it is easy to be blinded by redundant schedules of everyday life. While the man in today’s Gospel was physically blinded, we can be spiritually blinded.  From school to work to the numerous organizations one can choose to participate it, it may slowly start to wear a person down.  The weight of everyday activities may block what is most important in life: God.

Personally, I have to strive with my relationship with Christ, especially in this time of Lent.  In this way, I see that giving up an addiction of this world has helped me to remember Christ’s Passion and contemplate on his self giving love. This semester, I gave up sodas in which I relied for my caffeine and my energy.  It has been a struggle because any time that I started getting tired in my day, I would turn to soda as a pick me up.  Now, instead of grabbing for that quick fix, I reflect on the fact that Jesus gave up his life for us.

The Gospels this Sunday also reminded me that we are called to be humble in our faith and to achieve humility so that we may love God fully. For when the Pharisees questioned the blind man, they asked, “You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” It is a difficult sin to overcome, that of pride. In a world that strives for a perfection that only exists in Christ, it is easy to judge another.

It is not in the Christian ideal to stand before others on a higher platform just because one prays more or one attends church regularly.  It is Christian to walk right beside our brothers, acknowledge or downfalls and our failures, and to humbly ask for God’s help, for there is nothing that we can achieve if it not be for Him.  The next time you take that breath to say a negative comment about your brother or sister, remember what Jesus has taught us, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.”

Marquielle Orwat is a second-year Marketing major and a student minister with University Ministry, where she serves on the Educating for Justice Ministry team.  She is currently the Secretary of the Catholic Student Group, a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, a singer for the Bridge Praise and Worship Band, and Philanthropy Executive Chair for the Delta Zeta Sorority. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico.


About bhalderman

A Marianist brother who works as the University Minister for Social Justice and as adjunct faculty in the department of Sociology at St. Mary's University. Brian holds a Masters in Social Work and a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies.

Posted on April 3, 2011, in Lenten Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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