Rev. Daniel Eggold
Mar 16, 2020
Isaiah 42:14–21; Psalm 142; Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41
We who have our eyesight live in a world full of light. Light comes to us in countless forms and colors: the dappled green light of a forest,the pinpricks of starlight, the vivid hues of stained-glass windows, even the flickering images on television. So much light surrounds us that we miss more of it than we see, and what we do see is so familiar that we ignore it. We are,in effect, blind to most of the light in our lives.
The situation is not so different when the light in question is not visual light but the light that is Christ. The beginning of the Gospel of John tells us that"what has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people." Like sunshine, the light that is Christ shines for all people.
We are often blind to the light that is Christ, just as the religious leaders are in Sunday's gospel. We erect screens before ourselves, letting light filter through only those openings that we determine and control. But God's Spirit can not be contained by us. God wants to overcome our stubborn blindness.
Jesus sent the man born blind to wash in the waters of Siloam. The man returned healed of his blindness. In this Lenten season we prepare to go, or return, to the waters of baptism. In these waters our own blindness again will be washed away. Then we,too, will be able to see Christ's light and confess with the man, "Lord, I believe." We will walk as children of light.
Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.