John 9:1-5 NRSVue
1As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
Jesus' miracles cost him his life because he was claiming to be one with God. The leaders - religious and political - didn't want a Saviour except on their terms.
After many a healing he disappeared, to get out of sight. Jesus was happy that he could improve people's life and guide them to faith. Maybe we can do the same: allow ourselves time for faith to grow, be grateful for our spirituality and be joyful that we can do something good in the love of our lives for others.
Lord there are times I was lost and found, was blind and then could see. Thank you.
The man's blindness is cured, but the blindness of those who won't believe in Jesus remains. I think of how I grope, stumble and am unsure of my direction unless I can rely on Jesus, the light of the world.
The opening question of the disciples was, 'Who is to blame?' I may recognise this as a common question in the media today, perhaps as part of my own vocabulary. Jesus reminds us that sometimes no one is to blame; he tells us to that even difficult situations present an opportunity for us to be drawn into God's presence.