The story of the man born blind (John 9) is an important story in John’s gospel– as you can guess from its length. It’s a sign summarizing Jesus’ teaching in the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles, our gospel readings for most of this week.
Jesus claims that he not just a prophet, or the successor to Abraham. He is God’s only Son. “I Am.” True God from true God.
The story of the blind man reminds us that belief in Jesus Christ is a gift God gives, a gift we only grasp little by little. The story is a good example of biblical catechesis, meant to deepen our faith in the lenten season, and so we’re encouraged to reflect on it these last weeks of Lent.