When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"The man who had been born blind was thrown out by the Pharisees and Jesus went to find him. Why? To make sure the man believed? Was there really any doubt when, after being interrogated by the Pharisees, the man continued to speak the truth?
He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
Jesus said to him, "You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he."
He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him. - John 9:35-38
Each of us is important to Jesus. He loves us all all, even the Pharisees among us. But he knows we sometimes need to remind ourselves and others that we really do see. We really do have faith.
Sometimes we too need to have our eyes opened.
Sometimes we too need to make a profession of faith and say, Yes, I believe.
I love that Jesus went out after that man, because He went out after me, too. I have believed in Jesus my whole life. But I lived a lukewarm faith until the day my eyes were opened about the Eucharist and the Catholic Church.
Over 20 years ago, I made my Profession of Faith at the Easter Vigil and became Catholic. And my life has never been the same.
Jesus spoke to me and I said, "I do believe, Lord."
When others interrogate you or insult you about your faith or your beliefs, what will you say when Jesus asks you to make a profession of faith?
Jesus, help me to keep my eyes and my heart open to you always. Help me to say to others and to you, Yes, Lord, I believe.
from Pondering the Word Year A