The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Lent 4, Year C

The lesson of today’s gospel account seems to be about the story of the man born blind and his healing. But his healing and the return of his sight is not the only wonder in the story. More astonishing still is the inability of the blind man’s neighbours and the Pharisees to recognise the hand of God at work in their very midst. They attempt again and again to  diagnose the undiagnosable. They go over every possibility and contingency. They visit family and neighbours. They consider each detail of the blind man’s history, symptoms, and healing. Perhaps he was not really blind to begin with, they speculate. Perhaps on the other hand he was “born entirely in sins.” Maybe the return of his sight had something to do with the mud in his eyes or the waters of Siloam in which he bathed  or maybe not.  What they   refuse to see is the obvious: the plain truth of God’s gracious goodness at work in the lives of his people – specifically in the life of this blind man who asks nothing of Jesus but is nevertheless gratuitously, one might even say foolishly, given his sight simply “so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” No questions asked. No demands made. No hidden agenda. Then as now, it seems that God’s loves astounds us.  May we use this Refreshment Sunday to stop and consider what is blinding us and where Lent is leading us.  Lent 4c 20