He Opened My Eyes

This meditation is based on a passage for April 13, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: John 9:18-41

Reflection and Question: John Chapter 9 is the story of Jesus healing a man born blind. It pulls together several prominent themes in the Gospels. I deeply appreciate the simple forthrightness of the blind man, especially when he says of Jesus, “If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” The religious leaders dub him a sinner and kick him out. Jesus finds him and proclaims a variation on the familiar idea that the last shall be first and the first last — the blind shall see while those who see shall become blind. To what may you be blind and how can Jesus open your eyes to see as He sees?

Prayer: Jesus, our Redeemer, open our eyes to Your power and love. Give us the courage of the man born blind so that we, too, may witness simply and truthfully to Your healing work among us. May we confess with him, “I believe,” and worship. Amen.