- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 9
Response to the work of God.
Jesus healed a man who was born blind. It was the work of God, giving life to the blind man.
John recorded that there were different responses from people to the work of God.
Disciples — They asked the wrong question, “whose sin is this? the man or his parents?” They used the blind man for their theological and philosophical discussion.
Neighbors — They stuck in their old paradigms asking, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” or saying, “No, he only looks like him.”
Pharisees — Their concern was to preserve tradition and system, “This man (Jesus) is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
Parents — They knew it was their son and he was healed. But they were afraid to answer truthfully in fear of being excommunicated from the Synagogue
The blind man — He was healed to see with his eyes, but he still remained blind spiritually until he was encountered by Jesus and confessed, “Lord, I believe.”
Jesus brought judgement into the world, “the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
Whom do you identify yourself in this story?
Celebration and thanksgiving is to be our response to the work of God.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Meditate with singing, “Open My Eyes, that I may see.”
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.