Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blogging toward Sunday

"Healing of the Blind Man" by Buoninsegna via Wikimedia Commons
In preparation for worship this Sunday read John 9:1-41. Afterward reflect on the following:
  1. How does Jesus go about healing the blind man?
  2. What conflict does the healing cause?
  3. Who celebrates the healing of the man who has been blind from birth?
May the following reading from John O'Donohue and prayer by Rosemary C. Mitchell assist you as you continue to ponder the meaning of this passage of Scripture for your own spiritual life.
What did I really see?
Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it any more. It is an interesting question to ask yourself at night: what did I really see this day? You could be surprised at what you did not see. Maybe your eyes were unconditioned reflexes operating automatically all day without any real mindfulness or recognition; while you looked out from yourself, you never gazed or really attended to anything...The human eye is always selecting what it wants to see and also evading what it does not want to see. The crucial question then is, what criteria do we use to decide what we like to see and to avoid seeing what we do not want to see? Many limited and negative lives issue directly from this narrowness of vision.

via Google Images

O God, we do not always know why we are here. We are often unsure of our purpose on earth. Sometimes we hope to catch a glimpse of who you are through the eyes of your startling vision, which images us as your caring, compassionate people. Amen.

As always, I look forward to our time of worship. Continued blessings on your lenten journey.


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