March 02, 2020

John 9:1-41 (I will not be printing the full text, you may have a Bible to read or can access the passage through the internet.)

Jesus healing the blind young man.

Jesus’ disciples ask him at the beginning; Rabbi who sinned the man or his parents?

Jesus’ answer; he was born blind so that God’s work might be revealed in him.

My first disrespectful thought is; Does this mean God is suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy? This usually parents making their child sick to either heal them or care for them and make the child overly dependent on the parent.

The question may be the problem; that the disciples want an answer to sickness and death, the default position is to have someone to blame, so if it isn’t the man himself or the parents, it must be God.

But it is not that simple, there are the questions we have and there are no easy answers, and this too is the mystery of God. It is more complicated, and the looking at the big picture.

It reminds me of what I have asked before: do you read a mystery or watch a movie only after you know the ending, or does knowing the ending ruin it for you? And from Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Or from a poster of a storm, and the caption, God’s love does not always take us out of the storm but takes us through the storm. So the love and mercy of God is in both the journey and the ending. And the support and care of others is always a great help for those in a storm or situation. Even though we cannot do what they did, I am reminded of the people of Gander, Newfoundland during and after September 11th, shown in the play, Come from Away.

Let us continue to be of support for each other through this storm and keep each other in prayer.