As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” John 9:1-3
Today we say “why do bad things happen to good people?” There must be a reason. God can do anything. Why did He let this happen? Jesus leads us to ask an entirely different question. How can this reveal who God is and reflect God’s mercy and healing grace? And there follows the familiar story of Jesus spitting in the dirt, making a paste in His hand, rubbing it on the man’s eyes, telling him to go wash it off. The man’s sight is restored. We learn that God cares and works through Jesus to heal. AND the man must do his part. Jesus has come to do God’s works. Sometimes making it right is not so easy. Sometimes we have to wait to see redemption, but always we can be aware that God cares. Metaphorically, we are all born blind. We spend our lives on a journey of discovery of the light of Christ in us and in our world. We have occasion over and over again to see that God loves us and cares about us. But, when bad things happen, it doesn’t prevent us from asking why, God? Perhaps it is human nature to blame and God’s nature to love us into seeing blessings and good. God’s works are constantly being revealed in everyday occurrences. We are called upon to see.
Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me. Psalm 31:21