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Sunday, May 21, 2017

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’” (Jn 9: 1-5)

So the innocent suffering of a child born blind was not “because” of anybody’s sin, but for the works of God to be “made manifest in him.” Because the birth of a helpless, blind child calls the parents or caretakers of the child to extra-attentive service and selflessness, which are “works of God,” to care for the life of this child. (This is true, BTW, in...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Lord God of hosts shall go forth, and crush the war: he shall stir up jealousy, and shall shout mightily against his enemies… ‘…I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, and I will cause them to walk paths which they have not known: I will turn darkness into light for them, and crooked things into straight. These things I will do, and will not forsake them. But they are turned back: be you utterly ashamed that trust in graven images, who say to the molten images, You are our gods.’” (Is 42: 13, 16-17, Septuagint-translation)

I am often shocked, really, by the very “human” expressions of God’s divine zeal for saving us, His people. “I will do these things,” He promises, “and will not forsake” you: “I will turn darkness into light” for you, He says, “and crooked things into str...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

So for the second time they (the Pharisees) called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, ‘Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.’ He answered, 'I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’ They said to him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’ He answered them, ‘I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?’ Then they reviled him, saying, ‘You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.’” (Jn 9: 24-29)

 

Jesus has done something entirely new; something unheard of. “Never since the world began,” notes the healed man, “has...

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