In the First Reading, from the First Book of Samuel, Samuel, a special servant of the God of Israel, is sent on a mission of great importance, to anoint a new king to replace Saul. Samuel thinks that God’s choice is surely one of Jesse’s seven sons who are present when he arrives, but he is mistaken. God chose the most unlikely candidate, namely, David, the shepherd boy, the youngest son of Jesse. Now Samuels sees what God had in mind, a young man with the confidence and character needed to fill a large role in God's Plan of Salvation.
In the Second Reading, from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, Paul uses the symbols of “light” and “darkness” to indicate awareness and ignorance, or even worse, a refusal to listen. The readers of this letter were Gentiles without Christ and were darkness itself, but now as Gentiles in the Lord, they have become light. Their new identity as children of light requires all goodness, righteousness, and truth, considering what is pleasing to the Lord.
The Gospel Reading is from the Gospel of John. We have a blind man who represents all of Judaism. He longs to see the Messiah, but is unable to because he is looking in the wrong direction. In this story, the Pharisees, who knew better but who refused to listen, were both deaf and blind to what Jesus was saying and doing. Their minds were not open and their faith was so locked in the earthly teachings of Moses that they failed to see God standing before them in the person of Jesus Christ. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we are to live as children of the light, seeking what is good and right and true.