In this Sunday’s readings we hear the great story of the man born blind – a man who goes through a transformation in the story. This transformation is all about coming into the light of Christ.
My own faith story seems to be like the man born blind.
The man born blind does not know who Jesus is or why He asks him if he wants to be healed. The man just wants to see. After receiving his sight, he is amazed and wants to share with others. The Pharisees want to know who healed him, but the only reason they want to know is to trap Jesus. The man born blind first states that Jesus must be a prophet. The Pharisees reject this and continue their questions. The healed man now asks them if they want to become disciples of Jesus. His faith is growing! The man is kicked out of the temple because he wants to become a disciple. Jesus finds him and asks if he wants to worship the Son of God. The man desires just that. He worships Jesus. The man’s faith grew from not knowing Jesus, to thinking He was a prophet, to worshiping the Son of God.
In my own faith journey, I have found myself with better sight of faith and in the light of Christ. My true journey is toward worshiping Jesus Christ. Despite my sins, He loves me and desires my love. When first coming alive in my faith, I wanted more knowledge of Jesus, but still tried to understand who this Jesus is. As my faith grew, “my eyes opened a little.” As my eyes opened to who Jesus is, my relationship grew closer to Him. I am the beloved son of the Father. The Father has shown me this love by sending His only begotten Son to save me. My relationship has grown from not knowing, to disciple, to beloved son.
How have your eyes opened a little this lent? Do you see the Father’s loving gaze upon you? Do you see that you are his beloved child?
Fr. Joe Pins was ordained a priest in 2006 for the Diocese of Des Moines. He has served parishes in three cities in the Dioceses before becoming the vocations director and chaplain of the St. Thomas More Center in Des Moines in 2012. Father Pins has attended various courses at the Theology of the Body Institute and has served as a course chaplain.