Sunday of the Blindman — May 20, 2012

The Sixth Sunday of Pascha commemorates the healing of the man blind since birth (Jn 9). We are identified in that man who came to see and believe in Jesus as the Son of God. The Lord has anointed our eyes with His own Divine Hands and washed them with the waters of our Baptism. (Cf John 9:6-11) Jesus healed the blind man on the Sabbath Day and thereby caused scandal among the Jews. The blind man also becomes separated from the synagogue of the Jews because of his faith in Christ. The entire Church follows this man in his fate knowing that it is those who do not see Jesus as the Lord that are really blind and still in their sins. Enlighten my spiritual eyes which are bereft of sight, O Lord, because of sin’s gloomy darkness. And since Thou art compassionated, instill in me humility. Cleanse Thou me by the tears of repentance and change my heart. “As a man He was slaughtered, and as God He became alive and gave life to the whole world. As an oyster He was trampled upon, and as a pearl He has adorned the Church. As a sheep He was slaughtered, and as a shepherd with His Cross as a staff He has expelled the flock of demons. As a light on the candelabrum He was extinguished on the Cross, and as the sun He arose from the tomb.” Asterius of Amasea.