FAITH IN FOCUS: LIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TUNNEL
It’s an interesting question that the disciples asked Jesus. Since they thought that illness was a punishment sent by God, they wanted to know whether the blind man or his parents had sinned for him to be born blind. Jesus turns the question upside down and simply says that the man was born blind so that God could be glorified through his cure. Obviously he was answering them on their own level.
Even today we come across people who think that sickness or disability is something ‘sent ‘ by God on people. Under the guise of religion we hear people say that those who do wrong will get their ‘comeuppance’ from God in the end.
There are two flaws in this reasoning. First of all, how can a newborn baby be responsible for sinful actions? How can it have merited being born blind, deaf or malformed? But secondly, and more importantly, this argument reduces God to a petty busybody who spends his time getting his own back on those who break the rules.
The truth is that God loves all people, no matter what they are like. Hard for us to take? Probably, but then God even loves you and me and we both know what we’re like!
The Church puts the gospel of the man born blind before us in Lent to show that at the heart of God’s grace is the ability to be rescued from the darkness that produces sin, aimlessness and life-weariness. Lenten repentance invites us to a new vision, to light, to seeing things in a clearer and brighter way. Those who live in Christ know where they are going; they are not blind stumblers who have to take what life throws at them, they can choose to walk in the light of God’s promises.
Now that we’re about mid way through Lent we have the chance to thank God for the light of faith. In a world of darkness and half truths we are not condemned to await the next storm that threaten the horizon.
Christians face the future with confidence. It’s not just that we see light at the end of the tunnel. We see it in the middle, and that’s where it counts.