John 9:1-3, 6-11
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who was blind from birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned so that he was born blind, this man or his parents?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents. This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. After he said this, he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on the man’s eyes. Jesus said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (this word means sent). So the man went away and washed. When he returned, he could see. The man’s neighbors and those who used to see him when he was a beggar said, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is,” and others said, “No, it’s someone who looks like him.” But the man said, “Yes, it’s me!” So they asked him, “How are you now able to see?” He answered, “The man they call Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes, and said, ‘Go to the Pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
Food For Thought:
Jesus makes this man new. He did healing work on this man’s eyes, giving him a new life, but the healing of his eyes becomes less of a story than the healing of his soul. He finds faith in Jesus. By this miracle, people began to ask what happened. He told them: “The man they call Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes, and said, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ I went and washed, and then I could see.” Because Jesus’ healing of this blind man was physical, people could tell that he was different. They noticed, they asked about it, and he told them. When Jesus heals our souls and gives us new life ― as we respond in faith ― we will look different, and people will notice. When they notice the difference and ask what happened, may we tell our own story of healing as we experienced it.
God, thank you for smearing mud on my eyes and opening me up to new life in you. Make me so new, so transformed, that people want to know you because they know me. Give me courage to tell stories of your power. Amen.