Homily — 4th Sunday Lent A 3/2/8

Homily — 4th Sunday Lent A                    3/2/8

Last Tuesday afternoon, I was driving from the Rectory over to St. Antoine’s Nursing Home to visit a resident there.   And as I turned off of Main Street to High Street, I noticed a few stores up from the Domino’s Pizza that there was a used and antique Bookstore there that I’d never noticed before.

Bookworm that I am, I said to myself of if I had a free moment later in the week I should check that bookstore out.   But then Friday evening I’m heading over to Ye Olde English for Fish and Chips, and when I passed by the Bookstore again, there was now a Music Store right next to it that I didn’t notice there earlier in the week.

And then I realized:  this wasn’t a bookstore at all, and that wasn’t a music store either:  they were both Movie Props!

And pulling in to Ye Olde English’s back parking lot, I noticed across the lot on Arnold Street, all lit up for business, an outdoor fruit stand.  The first outdoor fruit stand I’ve ever seen set up in 20 degree weather!   I wish I could tell you I next saw Richard Gere and Hachiko the dog pass by, but I didn’t.

Jesus says in today’s Gospel I have come so that those who do not see might see.  And very often, in this fallen world we live in, we fail to see things as they really are.   Very often, what we see as valuable and important for us, what we see as good for us, God sees as worthless and even harmful for us.

Very often the world is like that movie set in downtown Woonsocket — everything looks nice and clean and inviting, but behind the facade there’s unfortunately just cold and empty and dilapidated buildings we thought were real.

Yes, how often do we fail to see what is really true and valuable and lasting in this world.  How often do we, like the parents of that man born blind fear getting too close to the Truth?   How ofter do we, in our blind chasing after what is vain and false, reject the truth and even throw the Truth out of our homes and lives as the Pharisees in the Gospel threw the man born blind out of the synagogue?

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Jesus has come so that we who do not see might see.   Jesus has given everyone in this dark world a light to see the truth by:  the light of our Catholic Faith.

After the man born blind washed in the pool Jesus told him to wash in, he began for the very first time in his life to see the light.    And after we have been washed in the waters of Baptism Jesus tells us we must wash in, we begin for the very first time to see by the Light of Faith.   We begin to see that Jesus is the Prophet we must follow, even if the world around us laughs at us and persecutes us and rejects us for following Him.

May Jesus throughout our lives give us the grace to always see clearly and embrace whole heartedly the things in this life that are really true and valuable for us, and also to see clearly and reject whole heartedly the things that are useless or even harmful for us.

And for the next few weeks at least, watch out for those bogus Book Stores in downtown Woonsocket!

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