Lenten Devotional for March 11th

SCRIPTURE John 9:1-2

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”


REFLECTION

For so many, it is comforting to believe that suffering and hardship happen to those who are at fault, and it is easy to call those hardships, “punishment”. To see good fortune and blessings as rewards earned or deserved by good people is similarly reassuring. This is particularly true when we see the worst of mass suffering in far corners of the world. To me, John 9 is a tough reminder that challenges–big and small–are the ordinary course of life. Hard things do not just happen to “bad” people who have sinned; they inevitably happen to us all. John 9 is, at the same time, a powerful reminder that the grace of Jesus and faith can carry us through those adversities, heal us when we are broken, and make us stronger through the process. We must believe in this both when facing personal difficulties near to home and when contemplating the suffering of people in distant places. 

WRITTEN BY Tarlton Long, Jr. 

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