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Well this comes about two weeks after I put the first of these online discussions. Many haven’t yet written anything but that is okay I am going to do this a little longer, hoping to find some who are are interested in simple reflection.

The passage below is the rest of John 9 and the story about Jesus healing the blind man gets much more interesting. After reading it write some thoughts and reflections that come to your mind that directly pertain or do not directly pertain to what you read.

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John 9:13ff

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”

Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.

Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”

Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

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The Blind Man

I have been thinking lately about doing something like what we used to do back in Canton for Bible study. It was biblical study based off the Quaker idea that all people are endowed with the Spirit of God to a greater or lesser extent depending on your obedience to it, but that all people have some of the “light of Christ” as we are all His artwork.

So what I thought would be stimulating and valuable for all of us, whether a spiritual novice, new to any faith at all or to Christianity, or like me one who has been around this stuff from an early age – I invite you to participate in this community wide dialogue. Spend as little or as much time as you like in reflection and dialogue with this passage, but please put it on the blog so that we can all interact.

can to join the table?

Here are some guidelines:
Ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the passage.

1. Comment on how the passage strikes you, what stands out to you, or what meaning it has in your life (any, all three or some different observation can be made).

2. Leave comments on what others stated, how you resonate with another’s viewpoint, how it encourages you, or brings something else to mind.

3. Even if you don’t comment please read, reflect and enter into the offerings of other’s writings, try to appreciate and take away something from them for your own spiritual life and/or community.

4. If you care to disagree with another’s interpretation, first check to see whether the person meant their interpretation as an all inclusive thought or a personal thought (this makes a big difference in how one might apply a thought) and second – the motivation for disagreement is to exhort, sharpen as iron or further stimulate thought. It should be done in the Spirit of Christ, and not as slander, ridicule or as one being superior to another.

Remember that we all have something to learn from one another regardless of how many points you think you may or may not have in the kingdom…

I will chime in from time to time and participate in the dialogue at hand.

Below is the passage to comment on
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John 9:1-13
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. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

Next week I will finish this story but for now focusing on this will be enough.