The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ps 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41.
Today we will hear the miracle of the man-born-blind who received his sight. Many who witnessed Jesus’ miracles responded with amazement, wonder, and praise. It would seem that the friends of this man such an example. Although they did not witness the moment of his eyes being opened, they do hear his simple testimony and express their desire to find Jesus.
There were also other responses. The Jewish leaders in this account hear his same eye-witness account and begin their fear-inspired investigation. They question. They re-question. They mock. It piques as they cast this newly-seeing man, and his beautiful witness, out.
And there he ‘sees’ Jesus for the first time. His response to Jesus’ invitation to ‘believe in the Son of God’: to believe and worship. His is an exemplary response, to be sure. Hear. Believe. Worship.
May we come to this testimony with open hearts and respond in a similar fashion.
Following both our St Barnabas service and our St Michael’s service we will gather for episode three of ‘Australians Together: Sharing Our Story’. As always, all are welcome to join us for either service and either study.