Reflections for Lent 4 A: Blindness is awful whether real or spiritual, often even emotional, social, cultural, and political. I want to reflect on these last five, not physical blindness.

These five aspects exist because this culture stresses the appearances of things, not the facts. Indeed this is what has made the corona virus spread possible. Wearing rose tinted glasses is so much happier than facing all the gloom and doom. Samuel was likewise enmeshed in the judgments of this world based on appearance, In other words we judge a book by its cover, or when buying their wine its the appearance of the label and the cheapest price possible.

All this makes it very hard for to discern then the will of God, who never judges by appearances, because knows the core of our inmost selves. I God is love, than God is also light. It’s the third stanza of Psalm 23, the overabundant table and the perfumed anointing of the head that develops the first reading; the author here is filled with thanks and praise of God.

Paul’s riff on light and darkness is the second reading takes this theme of blindness into the theme of conversion and peace with the Father.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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