"As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.’” (Jn 9: 1-3)
What does the Lord mean when He says this strange thing, that neither the blind man nor his parents “sinned”? Doesn’t everybody “sin,” at least from time to time? Were these three people, the blind man and his parents, the only three in the history of humanity who never, ever “sinned”?
Here Jesus is using the word “sin” (“amartia” in Greek, which means “missing the mark”; or “missing the objective,” which is salvation) in the broad sense, of what their overall objective in life was. These people, apparently, did strive for good in their lives; their focus was in the right place.
Today I want to lead a God-centered life, as my parents have. And I’ll focus on Him, despite the ups and downs of whatever this day may bring, and despite the “blindness” of my human delusions and shortcomings. So that Jesus, if He looks down at me, sitting here in my blindness, can say, “She was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in her.”