Long Night’s Journey Into Day

I only know that I was blind and now I can see"

John 9:25
Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Psalm 23:1-6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Sermon Week/Year

Fourth Sunday of Lent, A

The early Church leader, St. Augustine, once was confronted by a man who showed him his pagan idol and asked, “Here is my god; where is yours?” Augustine replied, “I cannot show you my God because you have no eyes to see Him.”

In today’s Gospel story, the religious leaders become extremely upset when Jesus restores sight to a blind man. It triggers for them all sorts of questions. How could this possibly have happened to a lowly beggar like this blind man? How could this Jesus perform such a miracle? This man, Jesus, “cannot be from God” because he does not observe all the Sabbath Day Laws! How could such “a sinner perform signs like these?” They even cross-examine the parents of the man born blind to see if they can uncover some trick and expose Jesus as a fraud. On-and-on they continue with their questions, acting as though any genuinely miraculous manifestation of God’s Grace necessarily must conform to their own preconceived notions.…

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