Lent 4 Believing Impaired

The assigned reading from the Gospel of John is 41 verses long. Within all of those words we find beginning at verse 5 Jesus saying, ‘As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.” On both sides of this miracle–this sign–are discussions, debates, questions, controversy. The Pharisees (leaders) ask: what did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?  Jesus was clearly and blatantly breaking the law by making a mud paste and healing this man.
We in the church ought to hear this story not only as good news, but also as a warning. How do we spend time and energy debating and not celebrating? How do we blind ourselves to what God is doing in the world, questioning if it’s right, where it will lead? How many of us have sat through meetings debating and evaluating to death some new (or old) ministry initiative? We want God to work according to our standards. But that’s not how God works.  God is doing amazing things in and through God’s people all the time.  We can give thanks and welcome, celebrating how God is opening our eyes and our hearts to healing and good news.