Scripture: John 9:1-17
Key verse: (10) “But they kept asking him, “then how were your eyes opened.”
Reflection: Miracles fascinate us. True miracles suspend natural laws and can’t be figured out. We use the word miracle to describe many things that are providential; but not miraculous. At least, not miraculous in the way Jesus performed miracles. It made no sense that this man who was blind from birth could be healed and see again. Infirmities in the ancient world were often looked upon as a curse from God for some kind of sin. In this particular story, the disciples wanted to know what sins the parents committed that their child would be born blind. Jesus tells them the blindness was not because of the parent’s sin or the man’s sin but another way that God was going to show that Jesus was the light of the world. He reminded them that he came to do God’s work in the world. The Pharisees, on the other hand, spend the rest of Chapter 9 investigating this healing trying to figure out how this man received his sight because scripture affirms only the LORD could open the eyes of the blind.
Today’s text reminds us of how blind we can be to God’s work in the world. Too often we try to box God in and decide what God will or will not do. Jesus came to break down all of these barriers and fulfill the promises of scripture. Jesus was and is the light of the world, even in the darkest times. When we can’t see, Jesus offers us the gift of sight. If we, like this blind man, have faith and go where Jesus sends us, then our eyes will be opened. We will see where there is pain and offer compassion. We will see where there is hunger and offer food. We will see where there is injustice and stand up for the rights of others. We will see our own shortcomings and rely more heavily on Jesus. When our eyes are opened we will go where God sends us to offer love, acceptance and forgiveness to those who need hope.
Prayer: Eternal God, we give thanks that Jesus is the light of the world and that even today he opens the eyes of the blind. Help us to be receptive to God’s work in the world. May he continue to open our eyes as we live in service to Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[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].