4th Sunday of Lent

4th Sunday of Lent:

I am not very charitable when it comes to other people’s faults. I shouldn’t be so critical of others. We all do the best we can with what we’re given.

Psalm 23 this Sunday. How appropriate that it should come now. I hope my uncle will go on to greener pastures, and that he will not fear. I hope his belief is a comfort to him. Not much else is right now.

A short bit of Ephesians 5: “Now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light . . . Awake, o sleeper, and arise from the dead and Christ will give you light.” Metaphors everywhere. We sleep until we are awakened; we walk around unseeing until we really open our senses. None so blind as those that will not see, right? Speaking of which–

John 9: The Pharisees, the blind man, and the lump of clay. Jesus comes on a man who is blind and heals him by putting clay on his eyes–at least physically. The soul-deep healing is the part where the blind man was never a sinner, and neither were his parents; he was just born blind. Different, not evil. So much for generational curses. So much for disability as a punishment. The Pharisees against Jesus and his disciples; the law against grace. Tradition against evolution. Some remnants of that tradition survive in the practice of Judaism, in which the choice of Jesus as Messiah is rejected. The Messiah has not come yet. The thing is that the Jews don’t run around trying to tell the Christians they’re wrong. There’s just a difference of belief. Maybe in the thirties C.E. that wasn’t so, but we’ve come a long way.

Imagine, the priest said, being cast out as worthless and a sinner. I don’t have to imagine. I’ve known my share of Pharisees, ever since I was small. I was different. I was dangerous. That may be a human impulse. Out of fear of what we do not know, we exclude it; out of fear of exclusion, we condemn. We seek high ground. I wonder if any of them ever turned around and discovered they were all alone in the middle of a flood?

A Christian who turns around and says, “You’re too strange. Go away” might be within his rights, but he’s not following the example of Christ as written in the gospel. If he ignores the gospel, upon what does he base his belief? How do you miss those parts? I mean, Jesus was making friends up on the cross!


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