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March 26, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Lent


As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam,” which means Sent.

So he went and washed, and came back able to see. His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is,” but others said, “No, he just looks like him.” He said, “I am.”

They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a Sabbath. So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.” So some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath.”

But others said, “How can a sinful man do such signs?” And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again, “what do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” (John 9:1-17)


Imagine how wonderful it was, to open one’s eyes after being blind and seeing the face of Jesus, and feeling his compassionate touch? Can’t all of us relate to the blind man of the gospel at times? Our daily lives get busy and we become blinded to the graces that are right before our eyes. Yet, God is always there, waiting for our response.


Sit quietly in the presence of God and reflect on how God has touched you with grace and compassion.

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Connie Schnapf

Providence Associate Connie Schnapf is a wife, mother and grandmother. She worked for nearly 30 years as a parish director of religious education. She currently works part time at WNIN Public Radio and TV as their receptionist and continues to offer spiritual direction to others. Connie and her husband live in Newburgh, Indiana.

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1 Comment

  1. John Herbertz on March 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    God can use each of us to speak about him, no matter who we are, no matter our life experience or choices, or where we come from. What an irony that those in charge would end up asking the blind beggar his opinion of Jesus. Dear Jesus, friend of sinners, use me to tell others about you. Thank you for your great love of me and others.
    Uncle John

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