If you were/are blind, how do/would you hear the words from John?
If you were Saul, how would you feel about the actions of Samuel?
If you were/are a person of color, how do/would you hear the words from Ephesians?
How do you proclaim the Good News of scripture without allowing the understandings of another generation define the culture of today?
I want to find a good answer for this question, because if I could, I would focus on this amazing story of Jesus. And how Jesus is just a little part of the text- the main part is the way everyone reacts to Jesus and spins around in their understandings and knowledge of who Jesus is. Some of them learn, some of them deny, and some of them can’t even bring themselves to proclaim what they believe. How do we respond to something new? Something that changes the whole playing field?
Another angle I’ve been considering- mud. Jesus uses mud on the blind man’s eyes. On Ash Wednesday, we declare that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. What is the role of dirt/ash/mud? There are so many stories of mud in mythology as well (Hindu, Mayan, Chinese, Greek), what is it about mud that is so powerful and fascinating?
I like the story of Samuel and David, too, but it is hard to pass up the chance to read such a large chunk of one of the gospels…
What are you thinking this week?
Is a longing, looking,
Isolating and locating process,
A passing of the time between
What has to be, what may become,
A late, last, solitary lingering
Among the soiled and crusted snowbanks
Of deep-drifted hurt and disappointment
Seeking out those tender-tough new shoots
That pierce the calloused surface
Of all losing with the agony
Of life becoming green
~~J. Barrie Shepherd
(written for a Lenten devotion published by The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York)