The United States is one of the few countries in the world that convenes grand juries to investigate accusations of possible criminal behavior. The purpose is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant a trial. Today’s Gospel text reads like testimony from a variety of grand jury witnesses. What is the verdict?
Summary: Thanks to Jesus, the man born blind is able to see the light of the sun, but is also guided in the process of coming to know and believe in Jesus as the light of the world. His story contrasts with that of Jesus’ opponents, who willfully insist on not seeing the meaning of this sign. We need to remain in the light that is Jesus.
Summary: For those who are sighted, blindness from birth can hardly be imagined. By the same token, it must be difficult for one who has been blind from birth to imagine what sight would be like. But blindness comes in more than one color. There are those who know they are blind and who seek help wherever it might be found. There are also those who are blind to truth and they do not know that they are blind. Only those who can admit to their blindness are in a position to do much about it.
Summary: Our experience of grace and love enables us to identify with the blind man who finds healing. Theology concerns the attempt to understand the experience of grace. In coming to a deeper understanding of God’s grace, admitting the limits of our knowledge enables us to probe deeply what we believe about the identity of Jesus for today.
Summary: We read the story of the blind man’s healing with our minds already made up. We believe that Jesus healed a man by the power of God. The Pharisees already had their minds made up that Jesus was evil. People today still blindly form opinions and don’t want to be confused with facts about God. Since we can’t convince them with facts, we have to love them with acts.