This week’s RCL Gospel reading is the story of Jesus healing the blind man in John 9:1-41. In this story, Jesus disobeys the Jewish rules of the Sabbath and heals the blind man (Jews were not supposed to work on the Sabbath). The blind man goes and tells people that Jesus healed him, and people question the blind man about Jesus. Then, the Pharisees question the blind man about Jesus. A most interesting conversation takes place. The man can’t answer any of their questions, all he can say is that Jesus healed him and that he can now see.
This is perhaps one of the best known stories of the Gospels: Jesus healing the blind man. This story is rich with metaphor for the Christian experience. Experiencing the healing power of the grace of God in Jesus Christ is like first being blind and then being able to see. It completely changes one’s perspective on life. Once you’ve experienced that grace, you’ll never be the same again. You look at everything differently through the lens of grace.
What I find sad, though, is how few Christians seem to acknowledge this and live into this change in perspective every day. It is easy to become complacent, and forget just how things were before you first experienced that grace…before you first realized how being in communion with God truly enriched your life. That is why I think it is so important for us Christians to constantly challenge ourselves through service and prayer. We must continue to share the Good News to help others who are blind be able to see. We must challenge the status quo of our society and help push the moral arc of the universe to bend closer toward justice. Jesus wouldn’t have it any other way. Let us, inspired by Jesus, continue to heal the blind, and not forget to live into this every day!
PS: If you wish to listen to a more detailed discussion about this Gospel reading, I suggest listening to the Moonshine Jesus Show’s discussion from this past week.