Thought for the week

This week’s Gospel story is about a man born blind, who gained his sight through the power of Jesus Christ. But this is not just a miracle story about 20/20 vision. It is about the triumph of good over evil. It is a story about the need to do God’s work, not just follow religious conventions. It is a story about sin, and the healing power of God.

The healing of the blind man is almost a minor point in the story. The much larger issue is the inability of others to believe that it had happened. Again and again, people try to find ways to deny what had clearly happened.

Finally the man, who had been healed, is driven out of town. Because others are not willing to see the good that has happened, they reject him. Then this man meets Jesus, who asks the man if he believes that Jesus is the Son of Man. “He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshiped him.”

“Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, ‘Surely we are not blind, are we?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, “We see,” your sin remains.'”

That, my friends, is the bottom line here. This story is about seeing, not about healing. When we think we have all the answers, that we can see everything, we are obviously blind. For only those who admit that they cannot see everything have turned to God. We must admit our need for God, and our inevitable human inability to know and to see.

We are invited to consider our own blindness, and our need for healing. What do you have trouble seeing? Have you ever experienced the gift of sight, seeing that which you could not see before?

If you’re near Lincoln, RI, stop by Christ Church this Sunday. Bring your sunscreen, because we’re going to talk about Jesus Christ, the light of the world. We’re going to find out if we can see a little better, with the light of Christ.

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1 Response

  1. as i noticed in class on the gospel of John, and made a centerpoint of a lengthy paper, the text never speaks of “healing” in this episode, nor of the man as having been “sick”.

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