Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Daily Office Reflection: Who Really Sees?

Psalms: (120), 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, (127); Jeremiah 25:8-17; Romans 10:1-11; John 9:18-41

We have the continuing story of the healing of the man who had been blind from birth in the Gospel of John today. This story is clearly one where John is showing how Jesus has moved away from the Pharisees. This is also an extremely long rendition for any Gospel accounting of a miracle by Jesus. Yesterday we heard about the miracle itself and the Pharisees' response. Today we have the continuing disbelief of the Pharisees, the parents of the healed man are brought in and frightened and point the finger back at their son for an explanation, who eventually gets tossed out of the temple. He then meets Jesus again who identifies himself.

We all have met people who are absolutely certain that they are right about what they are saying. They do not listen, although they pretend that they do. Many of them are intent on winning, as they define that concept, without really understanding what they are refusing to consider. Jesus was facing people like that today. Jesus is telling us to live into mystery, to trust God to heal us from our darkness and inability to see. To let go and to trust in the unknown and we will see things we never have before.

As we get ready to walk into Holy Week, allowing ourselves to walk into the unknown is a good model to follow.

Copyright 2009, John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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