Read John 9.1-17

                As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.
                 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.”  But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
                 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.  Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.”  Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided.
                 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.” 

 

From Rev. Judith Bennett, Island Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wheeling

                Aging is not for the faint of heart.  Eyes, ears and limbs begin to weaken, and tasks once accomplished with ease and grace become difficult and sometimes impossible.  But no matter what our age, care must be taken to avoid becoming spiritually blind, deaf and infirm.  Jesus saw and healed this physically blind man in order that others might see God at work. 

                No matter what our physical state or age, we must recognize and repent of those things which prevent God’s works from being revealed in our lives.  Jesus saw and healed the blind man.  Jesus sees us and wants to heal us today from all that would make us spiritually blind and would thus prevent others from seeing God at work.

God of light, touch us with your healing grace in those areas of our lives that have become blind to the things you would have us plainly see.

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