Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
Most human beings experience trials and sufferings of all kind at some stage of their earthly life. Yet, people manifest different attitudes toward that existential question.
How do atheists view sufferings and hardships? How do Buddhists deal with them? What hope do Hindus and Muslims offer to those who suffer? Does progress in science and technology bring light to the mysteries of the meaning of suffering and the final destiny of man?
But for those who read the Bible and accept the Divine Revelation with an open mind and heart, they discover many answers. Those who listen to Jesus Christ, meditate on his teachings and deeds and believe in him like the man born blind see their life illuminated. See what happened to the blind man.
“As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him (…) Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’. So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored. ”(John 9)
But we know from experience, that when some people at work or in our own family are successful in something we are not, the temptation of jealousy flares up quickly with
possible dramatic outcome…
“Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the Sabbath.” They are so blinded by their pride and jealousy that they even accuse Jesus of healing that poor blind man on a Sabbath day! One day they will finally crucify Our Lord, the most innocent and loving man in the whole of human history, illustrating the words of Jesus to Nicodemus: “For everyone who does evil hates the light…” (John 3:20)
But the blind man made an explicit act of faith in Jesus, the Light of the world, and wasimmediately healed…. “I believe Lord and falling down he worshipped him” (John 9:38) He became much wiser than the jealous Pharisees and Scribes. We can too if we listen to Jesus, acknowledge him as God and love him.
Benedict XVI said: “Faith is a little light, but it is the only light that can enlighten the darkness of this world”.