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.