Due the Coronavirus Pandemic we have canceled all our events. Below is The 4 th Sunday of Lent’s gospel reading and commentary to be read through the practice of Lectio Divina and the image is for you to gaze upon as you read.  Practicing Centering Prayer twice a day helps us to focus.  So often we are overwhelmed with life events.  Centering prayer opens our heart  and reduces our fear and anxiety and allows us to be open to the presence of God in everyday events .

     Christ the light of the World                                                       

John 9: 1-41

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents…

Jesus answered, “Neither…It is so the works of God might be made visible through him. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world… “He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said, “Go wash…“ When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him (the blind man) and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, “Who is he sir that I may believe in him? You have seen him, the one speaking with you is he.”

 

“All the Gospel texts that speak of the healing of the afflictions of the body point to the interior change that Jesus was able to communicate on the spiritual level. Without that healing, one is blind to spiritual reality, deaf to the word of God. We see only the superficial level of reality, and hear only what the ears take in. Neither awakens the intuitive faculties that perceive the inner nature of reality. The ultimate message of the universe is not enjoyed because it is not perceived.”

Thomas Keating

Think of this as a grace, since God is freeing you from yourself, taking you by the hand and guiding you in the darkness as though you were blind. Along away you know not. You would have never succeeded in reaching this place no matter how good your eyes and your feet.                                                                                               John of the Cross