Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have arrived at the midpoint of Lent, Laetare Sunday. Some also refer to this as Rose Sunday because of the brighter color of vestments. We are joyfully leaving behind the dark days of winter and welcoming the greater daylight of spring (even if the snow doesn’t know when to stop). Both the seasonal and liturgical phenomena intersect as we make our way to Jerusalem. There our Blessed Lord will bring to fruition the purpose of His coming among us, i.e., to set us free from sin and death.
The Gospel today very much illustrates the progression from darkness into light with the healing of the blind man. The mysterious command of the Lord to go wash in the pool of Siloam reminds us that we too were once in darkness. In the waters of baptism, we came into the Light and that light is Christ Himself. As He says:” I am the Light of the world.”
Throughout our lives we need to allow the Light of Christ to permeate our human condition. All too often people prefer the darkness. Why? Maybe they are too afraid to see themselves in the Light of their Savior; or, maybe they have a comfortability with their sins and refuse to change for the better. For them life has pretty much hit a dead end. Terribly sad. Nonetheless, it does not hamper our efforts to radiate the Light of Christ that is in us. If through sin and self-centeredness, we have dimmed that holy Light there is always the Sacrament of Confession that will give a good polish to our souls and let the Light shine once again. Laetare! Rejoice! we are half way there.