There are many questions from many people:
- The disciples: Who has sinned? This man or his parents?
- The Pharisees: Who is this man? He is a sinner!
- The neighbors: He was born blind. How can he see? Ask his parents.
- The parents: He is of age. Ask him!
Jesus makes us work for the answers. He has the blind man work for his sight. This also was the road for the blind man to discover his Faith.
Jesus sent the blind man to wash in the pool of Siloam (which means sent) after he made mud from spittle and dirt and rubbed it on is eyes.
During his travels, he met his neighbors, his family, the Pharisees. They had questions. His only answer was: “This stranger rubbed mud on my eyes and now I can see.”
The man born blind returned to find Jesus. It was during this reunion that Jesus revealed to the man who he was. The man born blind knew he had met the Son of God and professed his Faith.
Our travels bring us and send us on the road of many questions and doubts. We know we have been touched with the light of Faith and courage to proclaim the light and presence of Jesus.
God of the living,
through baptism we pass from the shadow of death
to the light of the resurrection.
Remain with us and give us hope
that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit
who gives life to our mortal flesh,
we may be clothed with the garment of immortality,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers of the People, concluding with:
Discerner of hearts,
you look beneath our outward appearance
and see your image in each of us.
Banish in us the blindness
that prevents us from recognizing truth,
so we may see the world through your eyes
and with the compassion of Jesus Christ who redeemed us. Amen.
Sister Eulalie Nkengi, SNDdeN is a physician who coordinates the medical services in seven health care facilities, administered by the Sisters in the Congo-Kinshasa Province, with two located in the Bandundu region and five located in Kongo-Central. She travels to cities and villages across the mid/south western region of the DRC. Her major responsibilities, begun in 2011, encompass the general oversight of the medical centers, maternity clinics and hospitals in Kimwenza, Kitenda, Lemfu, Mpese, Ngidinga and Pelende.