A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: For those in our community who are desperately trying to elevate their circumstances, that they make seek God’s guidance along the way, and offer gratitude for what they already have.
Scripture: John 9:18-41
Key verse: John 9:39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”
Reflection: The gospel of John is full of mind-blowing word puzzles and metaphors. Jesus speaks figuratively while those around him listen with literal ears. In today’s passage he healed a blind man and this healing launches the man and his family into conflict with the religious leaders. The religious leaders question what happened and what it might mean.
Jesus then refers to blindness as a spiritual metaphor. The blind man can now see, but the religious leaders who think they know so much are actually blind. Their preconceived ideas about how God works prevent them from recognizing God at work in Jesus Christ. They are blind to the witness and his testimony about this miracle. They are unable to see God’s power. Their own foolish belief that they can see everything is actually proof of their blindness. Are my eyes open to see God today or am I blinded by my own insistence that I see everything?
Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].