Lenten Devotional for March 13th

SCRIPTURE John 9:13-21

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.” 

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age; he will speak for himself.”


REFLECTION

As I reflect on this passage, I can’t help but notice what a controversy Jesus created amongst religious leaders with his miraculous healing of the blind man and his claims that he was God’s son. The piety and self-righteousness of the Pharisees created a spiritual blindness to Jesus’ true identity, while the humility of the blind man allowed him to be healed and to see Jesus for who he really was. 

In our lives, it can be easy at times to act blindly. We may stand our ground just a little too firmly when we might be wrong or be unwilling to consider that something we’ve always believed could be seen from a different perspective. 

I am challenged by this passage to be more aware of the times that I think I “see” but may have so much more to learn. I pray that my heart will always be humble so I am not blind to what God may be teaching me. 

WRITTEN BY Jenn Williams

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