Friday, April 1, 2011

Lent 4a - conclusion

The obvious theme for Lent 4a is sight for the blind but since the sighted ones in the Gospel are blind and the man born blind sees it’s not as simple as it may seem. But that’s the way it is with God. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out God steps outside our theological boxes to do something new. Like choosing the youngest son of Jesse to be king of Israel even though the man after God’s own heart will break God’s heart more than once. God opens our eyes to see green pasture and still water in the worst of times because the shepherd does not abandon us even in valley of the shadow of death. The Ephesians have been called out of darkness by God’s grace (not by works lest anyone should boast- Ephesians 2:9) and have been made light which means whatever is pleasing to the Lord is also accomplished by grace. And in the Gospel the blind one sees what the sighted ones cannot. God will not be contained by our questions or our answers. I was blind. Now I see. April fools! It is as simple as that.

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