Scripture: John 9:18-41
Key verse: (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: Have you ever changed your mind on something you were sure you were right about? I certainly have. In the Gospel of John, Jesus turns the tables on many of the preconceived notions that we have about faithful discipleship. Right before our passage for today, Jesus heals a blind man and then he spends our entire passage defending himself against the Pharisees. In Jesus’ time, blindness was considered to be the result of sin. He explains to them that things are not as they seem. The blindness of this man is not from sin but rather because he believes, he can now see. He tells the Pharisees that they might have the gift of sight but their sin remains.
I often find myself in the wrong and in need of openness to other perspectives. I wonder if my desire to be right cuts me off from relationships with others. As a Christian, I find that I am constantly challenged to open myself up to the other. Jesus has an amazing gift of taking something that we think we know and turning it on its head, forcing us to change our perspective and remember it’s not all about us. This verse is a perfect example of this.
I wonder what we are blind to because of sin – the injustices of the world, other ways of living, connections with others, etc. I wonder if we can be like the blind man and be healed by Jesus so that we too might regain our sight. We live in a world where certainty is key and yet we follow a God who only asks us for one certainty, belief. How might we live today open to our blindness and ready to receive new sight through Jesus?
Prayer: Healing God, we give you thanks for the gift of sight. We ask for your guiding presence to show us our blindness and lead us to new sight. In your Holy name. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck
[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].