Why didn't Jesus go sooner to save his friend Lazarus? Why doesn't Jesus do something about the death of our loved ones? Why does he allow it? Jesus did not come to take away death, but to join us in it, and transform it. Death too is a servant of God, calling us to live fully. This gospel reminds us of the inevitability of death for all of us, but also shows us the power over death, and how to live fully before our death, so that it has no power over us.
The man born blind represents all of us. Jesus wants to heal our sight, so we see others and the world as he does. Each person is an opportunity to make visible God's works and Glory, when we serve them in love and at His command. For God to open our eyes is a miracle, but we must make room for that miracle, by reading and praying scripture, receiving sacraments, praying about the divisions in our world and treating all people as an opportunity to show God's Love.
The Samaritan woman left her bucket at the well after she met Jesus because she no longer needed it. Although hiding before, she now wants to tell all she knows about Jesus. An encounter with Jesus can be so life changing, that we leave behind the things we once thought were necessary to pursue. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God. Jesus wants to give us New Life so much richer than the lives we live naturally. If we only ask He will give, because he thirsts for our faith. He is waiting for us to come to the sacraments to ask for living water, for a well of the Holy Spirit that wells up inside of us. He wants to give us a story to tell!