It’s perhaps apt that, this Sunday, we will be thinking about healing. Reading or listening to the news at the moment, it is clear that the world is in need of healing. Not only from physical ailments like influenza, norovirus, and coronavirus –but also in other ways; our climate is in catastrophe, there are millions of people living in poverty, cruelty to animals, cruelty to people, it seems like we could write an endless list of problems that all need God’s hand.
And yet, as we are reminded in the Gospel, God is here; every day or our lives, casting His healing hand over us – just like the blind man, we only need to see and hear Him. So where do we find our Lord? We find Him in everything; in the daffodils and tulips that are springing into bloom, in the blossom on the trees, in the song of the birds. He is there in the rain that waters us and in the sun that nourishes us. He is there in the farmers who tend our crops and cattle, He is there in the teachers who educate, in the nurses and doctors who heal, and, above all, He is there in us. For we too are healers. Each time we smile at another person, each time we hold a door open, each caring phone call that we make, each kind word, all these things come from God, providing that we welcome Him into our lives.
So, this weekend, as we listen to the Gospel, let us remember how much we have to offer, let us consider the many ways that we can heal, for – now more than ever – our world really needs God’s healing hands.
John 9:1, 5-12, 16, 32-38 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6
Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7
and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
The neighbours and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9
Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10
So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11
He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12
They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33
If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34
They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36
He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37
Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38
He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Did you know that every week we send home The Wednesday Word? This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family – we send it home in a child friendly format and it includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.