Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His
disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents,
causing him to be born blind?"
Jesus said, "You're asking the wrong question. You're looking
for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look
instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work
for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When
night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the
world, there is plenty of light. I am the world's Light."
He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with
the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man's eyes, and said,
"Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam" (Siloam means "Sent").
The man went and washed - and saw.
Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after
year had seen him as a blind man begging, were saying, "Why,
isn't this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?"
Others said, "It's him all right!"
But others objected, "It's not the same man at all. It just
looks like him."
He said, "It's me, the very one."
They said, "How did your eyes get opened?"
"A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes
and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' I did what he said. When
I washed, I saw."
"So where is he?"
"I don't know."
They marched the man to the Pharisees. This day when Jesus made
the paste and healed his blindness was the Sabbath. The Pharisees
grilled him again on how he had come to see. He said, "He
put a clay paste on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see."
Some of the Pharisees said, "Obviously, this man can't be
from God. He doesn't keep the Sabbath."
Others countered, "How can a bad man do miraculous, God-revealing
things like this?" There was a split in their ranks.
They came back at the blind man, "You're the expert. He
opened your eyes. What do you say about him?"
He said, "He is a prophet."
The Jews didn't believe it, didn't believe the man was blind
to begin with. So they called the parents of the man now bright-eyed
with sight. They asked them, "Is this your son, the, one
you say was born blind? So how is it that he now sees?"
His parents said, "We know he is our son, and we know he
was born blind. But we don't know how he came to see - haven't
a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don't you ask him? He's
a grown man and can speak for himself." (His parents were
talking like this because they were intimidated by the Jewish
leaders, who had already decided that anyone who took a stand
that this was the Messiah would be kicked out of the meeting
place. That's why his parents said, "Ask him. He's a grown
They called the man back a second time - the man who had been
blind - and told him, "Give credit to God. We know this
man is an impostor."
He replied, "I know nothing about that one way or the other.
But I know one thing for sure: I was blind ... I now see."
They said, "What did he do to you? How did he open your
"I've told you over and over and you haven't listened. Why
do you want to hear it again? Are you so eager to become his
With that they jumped all over him. "You might be a disciple
of that man, but we're disciples of Moses. We know for sure that
God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes
The man replied, "This is amazing! You claim to know nothing
about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It's well known
that God isn't at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully
to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone
opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of -
ever. If this man didn't come from God, he wouldn't be able to
They said, "You're nothing but dirt! How dare you take that
tone with us!" Then they threw him out in the street.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and went and found
him. He asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
The man said, "Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe
Jesus said, "You're looking right at him. Don't you recognize
"Master, I believe," the man said, and worshiped him.
Jesus then said, "I came into the world to bring everything
into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear,
so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have
made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind."
Some Pharisees overheard him and said, "Does that mean you're
calling us blind?"
Jesus said, "If you were really blind, you would be blameless,
but since you claim to see everything so well, you're accountable
for every fault and failure.
<The Message >
There must have been something in the air to have these two so
close together "There is none so blind as they that won't
see." - Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Polite Conversation,
dialogue iii. and "None so blind as those that will
not see. - Mathew Henry (1662-1714) -- Commentaries. Jeremiah
xx. who also used a variation, "None so deaf as those
that will not hear." -- Commentaries. Psalm
Here's a recent poem, http://www.wonersh.dial.pipex.com/mag97dw.htm
there a spiritual "eye chart" to help you know whether
or not you are following either cultural/tribal norms or a world
view which has passed from relevance? How do we know we are blind
if there is not some marker to indicate we are missing something.
Perhaps this marker is something like the cry of pain from an
abused child/spouse/parent/etc a sense of confusion when you
know someone is not telling the truth but you can't quite put
your finger on it.
How about setting down a list of what you think others around
you are missing. That's part one. Then ask someone(s) you trust
to jot a note about what you seem to be missing. Then slap those
lists together and use them on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to
check your spiritual eyesight.
Without this gift of a chart we run the risk of being accountable
for our intentional blindness.
Given the speck in other's eyes and the log in our own it is
important to be in community that we might sharpen our sight
into mercy, openness and forgiveness (three of the on-going areas
with which I and those I associate with need assistance).
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