Sunday, March 26
1 Samuel 16:1-13
by Susie Ferguson
John 9:39 – “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”
In chapter 9 of John we hear the story of Jesus healing a blind man, blind from birth, and the Pharisees reaction and investigation of this healing. A miracle that on one hand brings forth awe and wonder and proclamation, “He is a prophet.” And on another hand a miracle challenged and discounted by the Pharisees as they are quick to conclude: “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove the man out! A miraculous healing bringing one from darkness to light….and for the Pharisees seeing but being spiritually blind.
If you volunteered in our warming center you witnessed a miracle healing bringing one from darkness to light. Our guests were in a darkness, a darkness of homelessness, some compounded by poor health and physical incapacities. Some a darkness of circumstance, misfortunes and challenges. It was Christ’s light that shone through the volunteers that began a healing miracle and will continue to change the lives of women through this program, Village House. Serving and giving generously of our time and our love we were blessed and enriched as witnessed by the fruits of our labors and seeing our guests begin their transformations.
At the same time, I encountered “Pharisees” living amongst us today. Yes, those quick to remind me that they had always worked, never slacked off, never taken handouts, and resentful of those receiving our generosity. Like the Pharisees they interrogated and challenged. Like the Pharisees they were judgmental and put themselves in elitist positions.
Yes, even today some see with the eyes of Christ and some remain blind. As we continue to move through Lent, let us search our hearts and find more and more ways to see with the eyes of Christ.