Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reflection: John 9:1-41

The Fourth Sunday of Lent - John 9:1-41 (Reading for Year A)

Today as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man who had been blind from his birth.  The disciples approached Jesus and asked him: “Rabbi, who sinned:  was it this man or was it his parents who sinned?”  Jesus immediately replied:  “It was not this man nor his parents who sinned.  Rather, he was born blind so that the works of God might be made visible through him.”

Jesus then spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva.  He smeared the clay on the man’s eyes and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam.”  Immediately the man when to the pool and washed.  When he returned, he was able to see.

His neighbors were astounded!  They looked at one another and asked, “Is this the man who was the blind beggar?”  Then they asked the man, “How is it you now can see?”  The man simply told them, “Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes.  Then He told me to go to Siloam and wash.  The man’s neighbors asked him, “Where is he?”  The man replied, “I don’t know.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Jesus would heal each one of us of our blindness?  We may have the physical gift of sight, however, this sight does not guarantee that we are able to see what is essential in life.  All of us have our own blind spots.  Reflect for a moment on your own blind spots.  What is the blind spot that you wish Jesus would heal? 

Today be mindful of your blind spots.  At times, our blind spots protect and keep us safe.  Yet our blind spots also may keep us from seeing the beauty in the world and in the people we encounter each day.  Ask Jesus to open your eyes and your heart to each person and situation you encounter today.  Beauty is all around us.  Love is all around us.  Don’t allow your blind spots keep you from experiencing all of the beauty in others, in the world, and also in yourself!

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