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For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
Fourth Sunday of Lent (C)
March 14, 2010
Scripture
•Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
• Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David. (1 Samuel 16:7)
• For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, (Ephesians 5:8)
• “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14a)
• “One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.” (John 9:25b)
• “Who is he, sir that I may believe in him?” “You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he.” (John 9:36,7)
 
Reflection
•Why does God see differently? What does “look into the heart” mean to you?
• How does David change when the “spirit of the Lord rushed upon (him)”?
• How does the blind man change/see (other than physical sight)?
• Is “blind man seeing” metaphor, oxymoron, neither, or both?
• What does Ephesians 5:14 direct you to do?
• How do you receive/be the light of Christ? How are you the light of Christ to your family? Your friends? Your co-workers? Your community?

Lord, sometime you fill me with a feeling quite unlike my normal state. This gives me an inward sense of delight, which if it were to reach fulfillment in me it would be something entirely different from my present life. But my heavy burden of distress drags me back. I am sucked back to my habits and find myself held fast; I weep greatly but I am firmly held. The load of habit is something to be reckoned with.1

If a soul is seeking God, its Beloved is seeking it still more. When the soul reflects that God is the guide of its blind self, then its main preoccupation will be to see that it sets no obstacle in the way of its guide, the Holy Spirit upon the road by which God is leading it. The soul must be attached to nothing whether sense or spirit, which would introduce noise into the deep silence. There the voice of God speaks to the heart in this secret place, in utmost peace and tranquility.2



1St. Augustine, Augustine Day by Day, Catholic Book Publishing, New York, 1986, p. 30.
2St. John of the Cross, Daily Readings with St. John of the Cross, Templegate Publishers, Springfield, Il, 1985, p. 49.
 

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