At first when they discovered that Yusuf was born blind Cornelia was worried. Had it been because of having measles when she was pregnant? But she learned to live with the reality and the family rallied around until little Yusuf became quite independent. Later, when times were really hard in their family they decided to put him on the street to beg. He agreed but found it degrading to be exploited like that. One day a car stopped and asked him about his condition and the driver, inspired by his own Lenten conversion, said he might be able to help. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Yusuf laughed after the operation, “to think my world could be changed from darkness to light. I didn’t even know that light could be so absolutely wonderful.”
Jesus answered, “it was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. I must do the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes when no one can work. I am in the world and the light of the world.” From John 9:1-41.
Pope Francis: Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel EG20