Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

Submitted by Renee Gorby

 

Theme: Sometimes you may not be rewarded for doing what is right. The 4th Sunday in Lent, Yr. A
Object: None
Scripture: Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. John 9:6-7 (NIV)

If you could not see, would you mind if you were healed on a Monday? How about a Tuesday? Would any day be a good day for you to be healed? In today’s gospel lesson from John, we hear about Jesus performing a miracle. He healed a blind man and now the man could see. Isn’t that amazing? Wouldn’t you think that everyone would be happy that this man could now see? Unfortunately, there were some people who were angry with Jesus for healing the man. It’s hard to believe that in doing something right, people can get mad or upset with you, but it happens. We are not always rewarded for doing the right thing. Does this mean we shouldn’t do it? No, it does not.

When Jesus was alive, there were people called Pharisees and they controlled a lot about what went on in the cities and towns. They liked being the ones to call the shots. They didn’t want Jesus to take away any of their power, so they made trouble for Jesus, for the blind man and for the blind man’s parents. They even tried to convince people that the man hadn’t been born blind.

What does this have to do with us today? Even today, you might be misunderstood if you do something right. There is a saying that goes like this: Might makes Right. This saying means that if you’re powerful enough, what you do is right. But this isn’t true. Might doesn’t make right. Christ makes right.

Let’s pray: Jesus, help me know what’s right. Help me have courage to do the right thing, even if it’s not the popular thing to do, if it is your will. Amen.