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Open our Eyes to see God in ALL things...

We all value our five senses: smell, taste, touch, vision and hearing. If one sense fails or we lose it completely, then another tends to compensate and become stronger. Total darkness can be quite a scary and disorientating experience.

In today's readings we learn about the light of God's truth and power, when God replaced Saul with David, a man of courage and vision. Then Jesus says: "I am the Light of the World" (Jn 9:5) telling us that He is the one true source of power and light to sustain life and overcome the darkness of sin and spiritual blindness in our world. The miracle of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam is significant in that by Jesus rubbing his eyes with his spittle and dirt, only to be washed in the spring water of Siloam, resembles our Baptism when life-giving water cleanses us by the power of the Holy Spirit to renew us in faith and love. Jesus is always wanting to heal us and set us free from the darkness of sin and spiritual blindness. For us to see again from the depths of our hearts, we need to love God and our neighbour - even our enemies, for "the man who hates his brother is in darkness. He walks in shadows, not knowing where he is going, since the dark has blinded his eyes."(1Jn 2:11) We need to have faith and trust in God's forgiveness by receiving the graces from the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that we may be free again and walk with Our Lord with joy and peace.

Today is Laetare and Mothering Sunday, a time for us to rejoice in our Lenten journey, since Easter is fast approaching, when the Light of the World, the Risen Christ, will give us all renewed hope and joy, having destroyed sin forever!

Eliz Miller

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