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The disciples saw a man blind from birth when they were walking with Jesus.
- The first thought that came to their minds was whose sin was it that caused this man born blind.
- His sin or his parents’ sin?
- If that was the first thought the disciples had, then most people would have had the same thought when they saw this man.
- Then this man must also have had this question about himself all his life.
- Why was I born with this stigma?
- What is wrong with me?
- Instead of thinking that I am precious and beloved, he must have felt very bad about himself.
Whenever we face difficulties in life, we ask ourselves, why me?
- Why these things happen to me?
- What did I do wrong?
- We all live with some kind of guilt.
- We have darkness within us.
- We live feeling our own shortcomings and weaknesses.
And when we face difficult situations, all these negative things about ourselves come to the surface and we have no choice but to confront them.
- Confronting our negative things about ourselves itself is not bad.
- This Covid-19 revealed our fear, our limitedness, our selfishness, and our emptiness.
- To do social distancing, we stay home all day and we have more opportunity to think about our life.
- We have no choice but to stop our busy schedule.
- We thought that life would always turn out as we planned but we have realized that that is not true.
- Our naïve thinking that we can control our lives as we want and as we wish was shattered.
- Our life can be stopped and disrupted any time without our warning.
- Many people have experienced that their business and their jobs can go down the drain just like that.
We can just waste our time doing nothing at home and giving no thought to our life but I hope that we can take this opportunity to really think about our life again.
- It is a great opportunity to think what is really important in life, what is most precious to us, and where God is in our lives.
- We realize how much we have taken things for granted.
- Spending time with friends and the family is a simple thing to do but we cannot do it now.
- We realize how precious that is.
- We took for granted things that are so important and precious.
Let me share what our congregation members said.
- One person said: “We have an opportunity to look deep, to unearth fears, hopes, regrets and grief. We can look deep to see what we feel, what we hope and how we can make our lives more faithful to God and to ourselves. Maybe we will learn something in the midst of this “downtime”.
- Another said: “Crazy times indeed. In a weird way, outside of all the turmoil and uncertainty, there is a “blessing inside this curse.” I think this time allows us to really re-evaluate what is important and meaningful in this world and drives home the points that we discussed during the retreat.”
- Another said: “While it’s easy to get lost in worry and feel isolated from the world, we are fortunate that we have a community that brings people together to reflect and pray.”
The disciples asked whose sin it was for him to be born blind and others also asked the same question, and the man also might have lived with that question all his life.
- But Jesus’ answer was so refreshing.
- Jesus said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” (John 9:3)
- Jesus didn’t see his sin but saw what God was doing in his life.
This crisis reveals not only our shortcomings and our fear but also what God is doing in our lives.
- I pray that this crisis brings us closer to God.
- Then our eyes will be open and see what God is doing in our lives.
- We will see how precious life is.
- We will see how valuable life is.
- We will see how important it is for us to be more kind to each other, to be more thankful, and to appreciate more simple things in life.
This man was healed not only physically but spiritually.
- Not only his physical eyes became open but the eyes of his heart became open.
- Read chapter 9 again.
- You will see his courage.
- Now he was able to live with courage.
- He overcame his fear and now he was filled with courage.
- Open your eyes and live with courage.