May 29, 2020

Lent IV

By Chaplain Mike

Today’s Gospel: John 9:1-41

a sonnet

he spat and made a muddy mash of clay
and smeared it smartly on my long-blind eyes
then bid me bathe in waters of siloam
i splashed the muck away and saw the skies!
from birth i’d borne the slanderous slur of sin
and sat and begged my bread as one outcast
but here today some stranger stepped aside
and drove away my darkened days at last!
before i knew it i was on the spot
a crowd began contending, casting blame
religious folks were fixin’ for a fight
but all i knew was i was not the same!
their arguments are only talk to me
for that man touched the blind and made him see!


  1. Wow… that’s beautiful. I pray to have more of the attitude of that last sentence “their arguments are only talk to me for that man touched the blind and made him see!”

  2. David Cornwell says

    The poetry, the story, the gospel, the truth, Jesus, yes “all i knew was i was not the same!” Amen. I’ll be off in a few moments to worship this God.

  3. Please God, the next time there’s another natural disaster, people will remember this Gospel before rushing to determine the exact sin that caused the calamity to befall those foreigners/folks down south of us/folks up north of us.

  4. “Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.’ Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, ‘What? Are we blind too?’ Jesus said, ‘If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.'” – John 9:36-41

    Legalists so blinded by their man-made rules that they were self-deceived to believe they alone could see but could not recognize or receive the Savior: why does this sound strangely familiar, considering the recent discussions on grace? Maybe they did recognize the Savior, but they His coming revealed their failure as leaders and the end of their reign of power. This, too, sounds strangely familiar.