Before entering the Holy Week, we celebrate Laetare (‘Rejoice!’) Sunday today. On this day, we are reminded of the joy of the presence of Jesus, the light of our world, and the love of God shining through our lives. The first reading and the Psalm speak of the shepherd caring for the flock. Despite David’s youth and outward appearance, the Lord sees the strength of his heart, which will enable him to lead God’s people.
The Psalm speaks of the certainty of relying on the Lord, our shepherd, who keeps us safe from harm despite whatever happens. In the second reading, St Paul reminds us that God’s light in us shines out for others when we live in goodness and right living and truth.
In the Gospel, the blind man’s sight is restored and comes into the light. Not only is he physically able to see for the first time, but he also recognizes Jesus as the Son of Man. In contrast, those around him remain in the darkness of unbelief, trapped by their unwillingness to see Jesus as he is.
This week, let us allow the light of Christ into our lives and be able to carry Christ’s light to others as we walk beside them, sharing their hardships and sorrows.
Joy and peace.