Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
Thursday 23rd March
As the week moves on, let us turn our attention to the gospel reading and today we will think about the blind man. He has always been blind and he has to beg to make a living.
The disciples notice him, not because they feel sorry for him but because he provokes a debating point: they want to know who to blame for the blindness: the man himself or his parents. the disciples prefer a moral universe where bad things only happen to people who deserve them.
Jesus will have none of this. Neither the man nor his parents sinned. This is a situation in which God is at work and through which something of God’s glory will be seen.
Thoughts and Prayer: Reflect on your own life: the highs and the lows, your strengths and your weaknesses. None of this prevents God working in you and through you. So in prayer bring your life to God.
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15 March 2015
God should not be blamed for our failure or successes. Neither should God be seen as abscent from our lives. Fynn’s mother and Anna come to the same conclusion.
“Mum and Anna shared many likes and dislikes; perhaps the simplest and most beautiful sharing was their attitude toward Mister God. Most people I knew use God as an excuse for their failure: “He should have done this, “or “Why has got done this to me?” But with Mum and Anna difficulties and adversities were merely occasions for doing something. Ugliness was the chance to make beautiful. Sadness was the chance to make glad. Mister God was always available to them. A stranger would’ve excused for believing that Mister God lived with us, then Mum and Anna believed he did.
With God’s presence recognised there is an imperative to make all things new.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
Adam and Eve were part of the set reading I followed this week. Adam blames Eve and Eve the snake – the snake actually blames God for putting the temptation in the way.
It always is easier to blame others rather than accept any remote possibility the culpability is with all concerned.
“Yes, I actually at the apple of my own free will.” “Yes, I tasted the forbidden fruit, it tasted good, I past it on.” “I tricked the woman into eating.” “Well, I actually left the fruit on full display without full security.”
See the contrast?
Before you blame, acknowledge your part. I know the insurance companies say accept no responsibility – but may be you were too close, too quick or didn’t see….!
Think on at the point of the accident – it is an accident. That it is why we don’t call them a deliberates! But as time passes and the modern ‘someone must be to blame’ syndrome kicks in – accidents often become ‘deliberates.’ But, if you were there you were part of an ‘accident’ and not a ‘deliberate’.
Accepting this can be redeeming in itself!