Father’s Homily | March 22

Homily, 4th Sunday, Lent 2020.

On Saturday morning, I had the joy of celebrating the baptism of a baby girl, Zuria. As we lit the baptismal candle, I was reminded in these times, that Jesus is the light of the world. His light can quench any darkness. This reminds me of what someone said to me at the supermarket. He said that our ‘Easter will be more glorious than ever.’ I said Amen to that.

Sadly, there has always been physical blindness in our world. But physical blindness is not the only type of blindness that affects people, nor is it the most damaging. A far more harmful blindness is the spiritual blindness that results from sin. This spiritual blindness is evident in the lives of people who are confused or lost, often having no moral guidance.

Unlike physical blindness, spiritual blindness occurs when people either refuse or are unable to accept Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life. The well-known proverb is appropriate: ‘There is none so blind as those who will not see!’ Unfortunately, many of us are spiritually blind without realizing it.  We need to learn that in recognizing our personal sinfulness, our spiritual blindness begins to be healed.

Ironically, many of us who can see clearly with our eyes are increasingly blind to God’s presence around us because of our lack of faith and our sin. Now, this    Coronavirus has forced us to slow down and ask ourselves who are we. What is our identity? Do we see with God’s eyes? Are we intentional in our role as Disciples of Christ? Is Jesus truly our Lord and savior? This is an opportunity to do things more consciously. To pray deeper, to read the word of God deeper. Reflecting on the Sunday gospels is powerful.  Even though we are physically somewhat separated, we can grow spiritually. I am being nourished spiritually by my favorite book, ‘Abandonment to divine providence,’ by Jean-Pierre de Caussade.

A number of our ministry leaders are reaching out to you by phone. We are asking if we can help in any way. So please let us know. We want to let our light shine in the midst of darkness.

Finally, we need to allow Jesus to heal our spiritual blindness.  We all have blind spots — in our marriages, our parenting, our work habits, and our personalities. We often wish to remain in the dark, preferring darkness to light. Let us remember, however, that Jesus wants to heal our blind spots.  We need to ask Him to remove from us the root causes which blind us:  namely, self-centeredness, greed, anger, hatred, prejudice, jealousy, addiction to evil habits and a hardness of heart. Let us pray: “God our Father, help us see Christ more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly.

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Offer a spiritual communion 
When we are unable to receive the Eucharist at Mass, the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,”
where we unite ourselves to God through prayer.
There are many prayers you can offer during your spiritual communion. Here’s one prayer:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there and
unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.