Today's Lectionary Text
John 9: 1-17
Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents. This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. While it’s daytime, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After he said this, he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on the man’s eyes. Jesus said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (this word means sent). So the man went away and washed. When he returned, he could see.
The man’s neighbors and those who used to see him when he was a beggar said, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”
Some said, “It is,” and others said, “No, it’s someone who looks like him.”
But the man said, “Yes, it’s me!”
So they asked him, “How are you now able to see?”
He answered, “The man they call Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes, and said, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
They asked, “Where is this man?”
He replied, “I don’t know.”
Then they led the man who had been born blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus made the mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes on a Sabbath day. So Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
The man told them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and now I see.”
Some Pharisees said, “This man isn’t from God, because he breaks the Sabbath law.” Others said, “How can a sinner do miraculous signs like these?” So they were divided. Some of the Pharisees questioned the man who had been born blind again: “What do you have to say about him, since he healed your eyes?”
He replied, “He’s a prophet.”
As Jesus walked along, He saw a man who was blind from birth. (v.1). Those of us who can see like to think that we are seeing! As we go along our daily lives, we do look at many things, other people, and the beauty of creation. While we can see, we are also blind.
Yep, you read correctly – we are blind. Blind to really seeing what is taking place right before us, in our lives, communities, states, nation and the world. When we do not wear a mask and physical distance from others, we are blind to the 183,000 deaths in the United States, of which 450 of those deaths are from Kansas, and 400 deaths from Nebraska. As United Methodists we agree to do no harm and prevent further damage. When we continue to allow government policies that only benefit white people to continue, we are blind to equality for people of color. It’s easier to stay blind, to continue to be like the blind man in our passage. If we are blind then we don’t have to get involved, right? Wrong!
Jesus spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on the man’s eyes. Jesus said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (this word means sent). So, the man went away and washed. When he returned, he could see. (vv. 6b & 7). We are at the time in these disasters where we need for Jesus to spit on the ground, form the mud, and smear it over our eyes. It doesn’t stop there. We need to hear His voice as He tells us to go and wash in Siloam. Afterwards we need to embody the name of the pool of water and go as we are sent to make a difference. We say we are on a mission to transform lives for Jesus Christ. There is no way we can transform a life if our eyes are still covered in mud and we refuse to go into the pool of water to clean away the mud.
Now is the time – jump into the pool of healing – let the mud fall from our eyes – then, and only then are we able to be that disciples, who lives like Christ.
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Holy Trinity, we claim to be made in Your image. We claim to be Christ-like. Claiming does not provide healing or action. Forgive us, for we have not allowed You to wash the mud from our eyes. Forgive us … forgive us. Amen.
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