Fourth Week of Lent: Sunday 19th March, 2023

Daily Word Of God

John 9:1,6,9, 13-14,16a,17

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. Jesus 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’ (the name means ‘one who has been sent’). So he went off and washed and came back able to see. His neighbours and the people who used to see him before (for he was a beggar) said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, but he looks just like him.’ The man himself said, ‘Yes, I am the one.’

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. It had been a Sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘That man cannot be from God: he does not keep the Sabbath.’ So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ The man answered, ‘He is a prophet.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The good action of Jesus in curing the blind on the Sabbath day was viewed by the Pharisees as a defilement of religious rituals.


  • It is important that we observe the religious rituals of our faith in the Spirit of God’s love and mercy for every person. If a person is sick in bed, he or she is not obliged to attend Sunday Mass or observe fasting during Lent.


  • Let us pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be Christ’ mercy and love to others especially to those who are sick, aged or dying.