By Aaron Ferry
This excerpt of scripture comes from a larger perspective where Jesus’ disciples are questioning why a certain man is blind, when in fact he has been blind since birth. Did he do something wrong? Did his parents or family do something wrong?
There was a common thought process that if something is wrong, then there is someone to blame; that God is punishing people because God is displeased. Unfortunately, that mind-set is still prevalent today. It is far too easy to blame the victim or say, “If I don’t do what they did, then ‘that’ will not happen to me.”
The unfortunate reality is that there is a tremendous amount of evil in our world that we cannot account for. But here is the good news. We hear Jesus’ declare and reveal one of his many names in this scripture. Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus shines light into the darkest of places and the light wins.
There is symbolism and irony in this perspective; there is blindness and darkness. And then there is Jesus and healing and … LIGHT. May we see the light. May we step into the light. May we follow the light.
The light of the world shines into the world, into the darkness, and darkness cannot overcome it.
Gracious God, you are the discerner of our hearts. Remove the blindness in us that prevents us from seeing your light and your truth. Help us to see your light, love and compassion with new eyes, that have been opened wide by the grace and mercy offered to us in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Light a candle and let it burn throughout the day as a reminder of God’s presence.