A Good Word by Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, OFM 3.19.2023
Have you ever noticed how God helps us to grow?
Sometimes God invites us to grow or to change by the uncomfortable circumstances we find ourselves in. Things we might want to avoid can become the opening of God’s Grace in our lives.
For instance, in this Fourth Sunday of Lent’s Gospel from John that has Jesus spitting into the ground and making a muddy clay that he puts in the eyes of a man born blind repulses me. Jesus heals this man and he gains his sight.
When I think about it, if I were blind and some strange man attempted to put this spit and mud mixture into my face – I wouldn’t let it happen.
And yet, it’s as clear as day, that if I were to be so grossed out by this and not let Jesus put his spit-infused mud on my eyes, I might not be healed.
You and I are challenged to accept that God can work through that which we find repulsive and distasteful.
Sometimes by our avoidance of what we dislike or find disgusting, you and I might find ourselves missing out on being healed, as Christ did for the man born blind.
And here is the amazing part – the man born blind who trustingly lets Jesus place the spit-infused mud on his eyes not only gets his eyesight, but he is also healed so that he has insight to “see” the One who healed him – he is blessed to see and believe.
You and I are constantly in need of that insight, aren’t we?
As we begin the final part of our Lenten journey, may you and I remain focused on opening our hearts as well as expanding our vision to see God – and to be open to whatever way God uses to change you and me to grow closer to God.
As always, if there is anything we can do for you at UB Catholic campus ministry, please let me know. We are here for you.
May God bless you with Peace and All Good.