Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Tuesday, March 23rd

John 9:18-41

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

The Pharisees believed in their own righteousness.  They refused to accept the restoration of the blind man’s sight by Jesus since it was performed on the Sabbath against Jewish law, and Jesus threatened their authority.  The parents of the blind man, fearing expulsion from the synagogue, directed the Pharisees’ questions concerning who Jesus was to their newly sighted son.   The poor man who was born blind, had his sight restored to him.  He was mindful of who performed that personal miracle, and then stated his trust in Jesus.

Are we sometimes so correct in our opinions, that we are inflexible or offensive, as the Pharisees, so sure of ourselves that we shut others out, and dismiss them?  Have we misdirected values as the blind man’s parents who didn’t want to risk offending the Pharisees?  We believe in Christ and his teachings, but we also need to be aware of being blind and fearful of how that affects our words and deeds.

The behavioral standards are higher for those who say they believe and are followers of Christ. The responsibility of knowing the right thing to do, is actually doing it!  The definition of “right” thing to do is in the EYE of the beholder.  Are we blinding ourselves from seeing what God wants us to see?  Are we doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way?  Ugh, that is so hard and humbling…

The “right” thing to do, may be measured against the Commandments.  If we love God, we have to behave, as though, at least, we love our neighbor.  We cannot hate a group of people and still love our neighbor.  As long as we justify hating our neighbor, we are guilty, blind and sinful.

We all fall short, but the goal remains for us to try, without excuse, rationalization, or stereotyping to meet people as individuals.

“If you were blind you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

Does this not require us to keep an open mind (EYE, heart) towards all people, and when we recognize our differences, hang in there anyway?  If we accept that we are responsible for our hardened hearts to the truth of what Christ really asks of us, we may accept our blindness, and face our fears worthy of less guilt.

Thank God for forgiveness!  That’s our miracle too!

Anne Hamner