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The Light in this present darkness

Sermon Text: John 9.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves.

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us pray… Lord God, bless your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as you have promised, your Word may achieve the purpose for which you sent it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

As we stand in the midst of this present darkness, I am struck by the first seven verses of this Gospel reading. It begins with…

As he (Jesus) passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. (9:1)

Seeing people with various disabilities was not uncommon in Jesus’ day.  In fact, blindness, deafness, dumbness, leprosy, and paralysis were the most common diseases mentioned in the Bible. Such persons were often considered by families to be a burden because most families had very limited income and needed every able body person to be productive. As a result, these disabled individuals would be taken and positioned at key locations in the town or village so that they could beg for alms. It was the only way that such people could be supported.

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Fourth Sunday in Lent A

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

These are the designated texts for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (A). What follows below is a brief commentary on each text.
Isaiah 42:14-21
Psalm 142
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9 (1-7, 13-17, 34-39)

Collect for the Day
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.