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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17 April 2015
Lily was a life and soul person who was outgoing and yet gentle. With her age she became trapped by diabetese which sent her blind.
For a number of years she was restricted to home, not even making it to church. She was becoming smaller by the month and yet resisted nursing care with a will of iron.
When eventually she tried respite care, she realised what she had been missing and booked her place a month later. Two weeks before that date Lily rang the home and pleaded to be accepted straight away as she couldn’t bear the solitude any longer.
Lily became the soul of her nursing home as she resurrected her strength and vitality. She became a tonic to the ‘old people’ around her.
Other people recognised Lily as an Easter person.
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
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