The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 9:1-41
13 mins 40 secs
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We have reached the halfway point in Lent and have begun our final preparation for Easter. This Sunday's Gospel from John reflects this focus. We hear about the event that precipitated active plotting of Jesus' arrest and crucifixion. This Sunday we will recall the story and reflect on the ways it applies to our current life as Jesus' disciples. We will acknowledge that we too want to limit God's activity in and influence upon our lives. We will pray for Grace and give thanks that once we were blind but now we too see.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 9:1-41
19 mins 26 secs
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The blind man in John 9 was blind from birth. Jesus says this is not because of sin but in order, "that the works of God might be displayed in him." Yep. God let this man be blind his entire life so that this moment could occur and his life be wholly changed. If our perspective is such that this life is what we hold dearest, God will seem cruel towards this poor man. If this is our response, it means we are blind to the life that Jesus offers and which this man embraces joyfully. Living a converted life means allowing God to be God and submitting our life to His divine will. When we sing, "Here I am send me," we can't be surprised when God says, "Ok then," and gives us a difficult task to do. This Sunday, I'll be preaching on the joys and challenges of having our eyes opened. - Fr. Ed