the cure for what ails us | John 9.24-27
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” John 9.24-27 | ESV
So they summoned the man for a second round of interrogation – the man who was blind. They opened, “By God you will tell the truth now – we know this man is a sinner!” The blind man (seeing quite clearly) responded simply, “I have no clue as to that man’s moral status. All I know is that I was blind and now I see.” They followed up, “Well, what did he do to you? Just how exactly did he open your eyes?” He replied, with more than a little pluck, “I already told you once, and you ignored me. Why do you want the repeat performance? Thinking about joining his circle of followers?” MAV (Mike’s Amplified Version)
Listening to the soundtrack of this inquisition, seeing the back and forth between former blind man, his parents, and his judges, is almost comical. If only it weren’t so tragic and true to what we actually do, who we actually are. Yesterday’s “relate” question suggests to me now what we perhaps most need as a remedy for what ills us at this, the apex of this week’s reflections on the inquisition of a healed man:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, from the Message)
Oh yes. This is the better soundtrack to fill our ears and hearts with. This is the cure for what ails us.
How about we take some time to rub this into our eyes…
Sit with this classic description of love from 1 Corinthians 13 – or better, let it sit with you. How is it challenging you, provoking you, opening your eyes to fresh opportunities to love today?
Light of the world, reignite your unabashedly optimistic and passionate love in my heart today that I may see you and others in the wide world, and through this renewed sight be a source of greater blessing. Through Jesus.