Fourth Sunday in Lent – Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

Mar 15, 2023 | Gospel Reflections

March 19, 2023

John 9: 1-41

Today’s readings prompt us to check our eye-site, our vision.
What and whom do I see when I look at the landscape of my life?
Is my heart awakened by these weeks surrounding Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection ?
What perceptions we are unable to see and to ask God to strengthen the lens of our heart

Samuel knew when he looked at Jesse’s Sons before him that God’s intended Anointed One was missing and needed to be summoned from the fields. Was Jesse in the light when he decided that his son, David, was not the one Samuel was sent to anoint? We may never know why Jesse had not included the youngest. Did Jesse interpret age and limited experience as being the prophet’s criteria for selection? How could Jesse’s and Samuel’s eye sight be so different?

The 23rd Psalm assures us that God will shepherd us as we journey through life and it’s challenges. It is when we have the courage, the humility to we step down from our impulses to be in charge, God will be there for us, will guide us through life and death experiences so we can see through God’s loving eyes.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians encourages us to wake up! To open our eyes and hearts so that we can see more clearly as our Creator sees and loves all creation. Wouldn’t our days shine like the sun when we have such Iight revealing the goodness all that we see.

Jesus uses dirt and his saliva to make the mud to cure blindness. What do you remember about being taught what common dirt and personal saliva can do for us? Imagine our own criteria for a miracle to happen . Can healing come through it something as ordinary and dirty as dust on the ground and a person’s saliva? Maybe the Pharisees had a similar education. They witnessed the miracle of a man recovering his sight. Yet they asked to be told the story again. Perhaps the event they witnessed was so amazing that they were not able to take it in. How many miracles of creation do we miss when we miss so many clues about why earth was created? Do the news reports of war and crime depress us and blur our ability to see God in our world today, right here and now in this month of March, 2023?

May our prayer today be open our hearts to all that God sees in creation. Let us join one another as we pray in this week before Passiontide that we see through our hearts the glory God reveals to us in our daily lives. May we wake up and be aware of God’s presence embracing us. May we see God in each and every person, event, creature, beauty we are able to see. May we thank our God for every gift given. May we join in proclaiming God’s goodness and love.


John 9: 1-41

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” —which means Sent—. So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is,” but others said, “No, he just looks like him.”
He said, “I am.” So they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” He replied, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went there and washed and was able to see.” And they said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I don’t know.”

They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath. So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.” So some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a sinful man do such signs?” And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again, “What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

Now the Jews did not believe that he had been blind and gained his sight until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight. They asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How does he now see?” His parents answered and said, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. We do not know how he sees now, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him, he is of age; he can speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged him as the Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue. For this reason his parents said, “He is of age; question him.”

So a second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give God the praise! We know that this man is a sinner.” He replied, “If he is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.” So they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” They ridiculed him and said, “You are that man’s disciple; we are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this one is from.” The man answered and said to them,“This is what is so amazing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him. It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything.” They answered and said to him, “You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out.

When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him. 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.”

The Gospel of the Lord



Meet Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN has served in many ministries during the past 60 years. Her first missions spanned all 12 grades of elementary and secondary education. She then was called into pastoral services in two different multicultural parishes in San Francisco. As she was discerning ministry in Africa, her Sisters called her to serve in leadership in California. Drawing on such varied life experience she became a Marriage and Family Therapist in schools and private practice. She continued to be active in various province, national and international committees and projects. In 2003 her Provincial Team asked her to assist with the possibility of our eight US provinces forming of a single National Unit. She served a five year term as a member of the first Leadership Team of the East-West province. She continued with the second Team until a serious infection caused her to resign from that position. She now continues to heal from and cope with the persistent effects of that illness.

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