Dear Brother Knights:

I would like to say a few words regarding the Gospel of March 30th, when Jesus heals a man born blind. The healing of this man is not the most important happening in this story. I would like to direct your attention how the blind man reacts to the healing by Jesus Christ. His parents are afraid of the Jewish authorities and weasel out of a situation, which could have meant trouble for them. They direct the inquisitors to their own son whom they describe as old enough to answer for himself, because the Son is forthcoming and confesses that the one who has healed him, must be a man of God.

The Pharisees and Lawyers reject the profession of the healed man and expel him out of the synagogue, which is equal to excommunication. Later on, he meets Jesus without knowing that it had been Jesus who had sent him to wash his eyes after he had put a paste on them. The Lord asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of man?” The blind man answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in Him.” Jesus replied, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is He.” The blind man answered, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshipped him.

This is one of the most beautiful responses of a human being to Jesus Christ. The man who received his sight showed maturity and must have had a better understanding and interpretation of the happenings around him than the officials of the Jewish religion. The once blind man knew that his sight could have only been restored by God, and so he became a follower of Jesus.

Many things in our life have been bestowed on us by God (baptism, communion, forgiveness of sins in confession etc.) so let us also be determined to confess to Christ our allegiance.

Fr. Frank Feldmann, S.A.C.
K of C Chaplain