St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Do you know what a syllogism is?

A formula represents it: A=B, B=C, therefore A=C!

Let us apply it to today’s Gospel.

Blindness is a physical ailment, physical ailments are a result of sin[1], blindness therefore is a result of sin!

Sabbath is a day of rest, rest means no work, therefore keeping the Sabbath means no work!

God doesn’t listen to sinners, you are a sinner if you work on the Sabbath, therefore God doesn’t listen to you!

All neat and tidy, very rational and very logical. 

The problem for the Pharisees was the man standing before them. Confusion reigned. He’s cured of his blindness (a result of sin). Jesus made clay on the Sabbath. Therefore he worked on the Sabbath making Jesus a sinner. How could this be? It upsets the whole construct! They summoned the man’s parents to testify that this is indeed their son and that he was born blind. He is and was. Once more they questioned the man, prefacing their remarks with a conclusion about Jesus (We know that this man is a sinner. WE KNOW.). He stated the facts: “I was blind and now I see. I don’t know whether Jesus is a sinner or not. Again, I was blind and now I see.”

Finally in exasperation they threw him out. This case upset their whole logic.

How many times are we so sure of something or how often are we blinded by our egos, prejudices, and fears that we are not open to any other possibilities?

I once read: “There’s not much difference between a person who can’t see and a person who won’t see.”


[1] A popular belief at the time of Christ and even earlier, cf. The Book of Job. Some people even think that now and, occasionally, we fall in the same trap when something bad happens or we sin and are waiting for something evil to affect us.

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LENT: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals.
ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.


When pondering what to give up this year, consider Pope Francis’ suggestions to observe this Lent:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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