Friday, April 1, 2011

Was Blind but Now I See

The man answered and said to them, "This is what is so amazing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes."
- John 9:30
This Sunday's Gospel reading is the account of Jesus curing the blind man. Jesus spits on the ground to make clay, rubs the clay on the man's eyes, and tells him to go and wash. When he does this, he can see.

There are two very different reactions to this. The blind man - now no longer blind - immediately understands where Jesus' power comes from, and becomes a believer. His eyes have been opened in more ways than one. The religious authorities on the other hand, refuse to believe, despite the evidence in front of their eyes, as well as the testimony of the man's parents. The authorities are more bothered by the fact that the man was healed on the sabbath than the fact that he was healed. Despite the miracle that Jesus has performed, they cannot see who He is, where He is from. They remain blind.

Are we more often like the blind man, or the authorities? Do we allow our faith to open our eyes, or do we get caught up in irrelevant issues that keep us blind? Pray for wisdom to recognize what is really important. Pray for faith to believe in Jesus' words. And pray for courage and strength to open your eyes.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found.
Was blind but now I see.

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