Daily Office Readings for Monday in theWeek of the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2
“The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, ‘Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some were saying, ‘It is he.’ Others were saying, ‘No, but it is someone like him.’ He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.” Then I went and washed and received my sight.’ They said to him, ‘Where is he?’ He said, ‘I do not know.’” (John 9: 8 – 12)
I can relate to this formerly blind man. I am so different from how I was raised and how I grew up. Perhaps some old friends or even relatives would say of me, “it is someone like him.” I know I am different now. And it truly is like having my eyes opened.
The act of having one’s eyes opened is a collaboration. Our Lord Jesus touches us but then also he gives us instruction that we must obey. “Go to Siloam and wash.” For me it was my Lord Jesus saying “Go, be Baptized.” And I did, at St Anne’s in Memphis, Tennessee forty years ago at the Easter Vigil. It was life changing. But it was just part of a lifelong process.
Jesus giving us sight is a lifelong process. We have to do our part in this healing ministry. Jesus touches us and gives us instruction. We then must listen and do as we are instructed, continually. I have many altars in my life; starting out at St Vincent de Paul Catholic School, my finally getting in the Marines, my baptism at St Anne’s, my Call to ordained ministry, and hey, I’m not done yet. I’m still receiving more sight. As Jesus is the Light of the world, I am still receiving further light. It just gets better and better.
The Spirit of God in our Lord Jesus Christ continually asks us to partner with him in order that we might better see the world and the heavens. When you follow, you will change. And old friends and perhaps even relatives, will ask if you are the same person. And the answer is “no.” You really are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John