“Neither he nor his parents sinned;
it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him” Gospel according to John
Today’s Gospel reading from John recounts the story of Jesus restoring sight to a man born blind. The people saw the man as sinful, for he or his parents must be sinners for God to blind him from birth. Although they all have sight, they do not see. God is kind and merciful, he is not vengeful or cruel. We often hear, “why do bad things happen to good people?” We are all living in a “bad” time with this pandemic the world is currently experiencing. Is God punishing us or maybe he is trying to teach us something. He just might be asking us to show mercy and compassion towards one another. It struck me that this is happening during the Lenten season. Maybe our eyes have been trained on the wrong things and God is trying to restore our sight on the things that matter.
This week, among all the reporting of the long lines and empty shelves at the grocery store, I saw a story about a woman who heard a faint voice across a crowded parking lot. The voice was from an elderly woman in a car who was too scared to venture into the crowded supermarket because of her and her husband’s elevated risk of infection from the Covid-19 virus. She was so scared; she only cracked her window enough to slip a list of supplies and some money to the younger woman and asked for help buying their essentials. The woman took the list and money and went into the store to purchase what they needed and brought them, along with the change, back to the couple. I thought to myself, “yes, this is what the Gospel is saying!” We need to refocus our sight and “see” the world around us. We need to look beyond ourselves and help those who are less fortunate, who are in need, to show compassion and empathy to others. We all are children of God and have his kindness and mercy in us, we just need others to see it.
—Mary Kate Butler P’21, Office of Admission, Vice-President PREP Parent Council