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Long Night's Journey Into Day

I only know that I was blind and now I can see"
Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Psalm 23:1-6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 9:25

The early Church leader, St. Augustine, once was confronted by a man who showed him his pagan idol and asked, “Here is my god; where is yours?” Augustine replied, “I cannot show you my God because you have no eyes to see Him.”

In today's Gospel story, the religious leaders become extremely upset when Jesus restores sight to a blind man. It triggers for them all sorts of questions. How could this possibly have happened to a lowly beggar like this blind man? How could this Jesus perform such a miracle? This man, Jesus, "cannot be from God" because he does not observe all the Sabbath Day Laws! How could such "a sinner perform signs like these?" They even cross-examine the parents of the man born blind to see if they can uncover some trick and expose Jesus as a fraud. On-and-on they continue with their questions, acting as though any genuinely miraculous manifestation of God's Grace necessarily must conform to their own preconceived notions. But the man born blind will not be intimidated. "I only know that I was blind and now I can see" (John 9:25). In his simplicity, this uneducated man proved infinitely wiser than they who presumed to be his teachers. The teachers spoke with the authority of textbooks; the man born blind spoke with the authority of religious experience. He sensed the futility of trying to box the event into some category. It was enough for him to know that, by the Grace of God, an amazing thing had happened to him that changed his whole life: "I only know that I was blind, and now I can see."

We must allow God's Grace to come in on God's terms. God's Grace is not subject to man's rules of reason and precedent and convention. We must allow God's Grace to flow freely through the very depths of our being if we are to break out of the dark limitations of how things are, and into the light of how things ought to be.

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