Fourth Sunday of Lent

Original artwork by William Nelson

Then Jesus said,
“I came into this world for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see,
and those who do see might become blind.”

Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this
and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?”
Jesus said to them,
“If you were blind, you would have no sin;
but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.

John 9: 39-41

During these weeks of our Lenten journey together, we have, perhaps without realizing it, attempted to leave aside our ordinary  taken-for-granted “sighted” world and enter the world of spirit/Spirit by becoming “blind.”  Our day to day life is a world of “common sense,” where we believe that we know who we are and our place in the world.  But Theodore Ryken relates that at the age of 19 he came to realize that he had “lost his moorings” in the world of common sense.  He suffered a “humiliation,” which was somehow an experience of a shift from living out the place in the world he had himself established to being put in his place in God’s eyes and God’s world.

This first half of the Lenten Season has been a time where we have asked ourselves to recognize the difference at this moment of our lives between our plans for our lives and God’s plans.  We live in a frantic and busy age that speaks often of the experience of “burn-out.”  What do we mean by this phrase?  It is what happens to us when we live and work for too long without passion, without the fire that burns in us when we work and live from the depths of our hearts.  The insidious aspect of our movement toward “burn-out” is that we are not aware it is happening.  There is so much to do, so many responsibilities to bear, so much recognition to attain and cultural pulsations to satisfy that we are blind to the fact that the one who is doing all this is not the one whom God has created and whom God loves.  We are working, but we are not “doing the work God has given us to do,” a work that can only be sourced from the passion at the depths of our heart.

So, we have taken the time to detach from our everyday “sightedness” to touch our deepest core desire, that which, when it is the source of our activity, affords us a sense of flow and energy that awakens in us the sense of “eternal life.”  And in remembering such experiences, we have opened to the love of God for that one whom we are in this most unique, vulnerable, and yet dynamic place.  Now, in these final weeks of Lent may we enter into the challenging appraisal which abiding in the source of our passion requires of us.  Can we, in some specific ways, discern how we live and work that best serves our living out of this passionate love for the world and, on the other hand, the ways we currently live that impede such congenial and obedient living?


Within each distinctive life choice, we are further invited to
attentiveness, simplicity, flexibility and openness to the
common, unspectacular flow of everyday life.

Preamble to Description of the Xaverian Charism

In the course of the coming week, let us pray to become aware of how we are being further invited to live from our “central wish” or, as we said last week, “with a full moon in each eye”?  According to our Charism description, the signs of living out our lives in tune with the Divine energy that flows from our “central wish” are attentiveness, simplicity, flexibility and openness to the common, unspectacular flow of everyday life.”

It is by an honest, humble, and gentle reflection on my life as I am living that that I can begin to discern how I am called to give form to my life in new ways that will facilitate the living of those dispositions that characterize a way of living in tune with my unique core identity.  The following may serve as an aid to that reflection.

Where today have I experienced my inability to be attentive, simple, flexible and open to the moment?

Let me take a moment to describe this experience, writing it out directly, completely, and non-judgmentally.

As I consider the description of my experience, what emerge as the obstacles to the dispositions of attention, simplicity, flexibility, and openness?

What facilitating conditions can I establish to counter these obstacles and foster the growth in these desired dispositions?

How could I incorporate these conditions into simple daily practices?




One Comment

  1. Jeorge Boiragi says:

    I am a roman catholic youth, I have lot of responsibilities in my religious. My dream is a Xaverian Brother. I want to be a good Xaverian Brother. I always want to working for man & youth.

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