This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This Sunday's Gospel is John 9:1-41. You can read the entire text by clicking here.
This is the third "Holy Conversation" in our Lent series this year. It too is a conversation of the heart, though the man born blind in the beginning of the event is an unknowing participant in the larger conversation that Jesus is having with the authorities. The man born blind who is just beginning to see also sees Jesus with his heart. So just as the man born blind "sees" I invite you during Lent this year to make this church season a time to see with your heart as well as your eyes.
Opposite the blind man, the Pharisees, can only see Jesus as an enemy and a "sinner." Even with overwhelming proof that Jesus healed and gave sight to the blind man, the Pharisees will not accept him as a man of God. They can only see him as they want and need to see him.
We live in a day and age when most of us fall victim to this same blindness. We listen and read about the truth that we want to hear and only what we want to hear not the truth of the other. And rather than engage each other in "holy conversation," we blame, accuse, and judge the other as not worthy of our attention.
As you read the Gospel lesson below, give yourself the grace to read it as a dynamic dialogue and faith building relationship exercise with Jesus. Have fun in "Holy Conversation".
So, follow your heart. Let the light of God's Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of God's real Forgiveness shine in everything you do. Let the light of God's Love shine in everything you do. Blessings and peace be with you all!
See you in church,
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie