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THE DYNAMISM OF FAITH

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes

(Ref. Texts: 1Sam  16:1b.6–7.10–13a; Eph 5:8–14; John 9:1–41)

Introduction

John chapter nine (John 9) is meant to show that things are not always the way they look and the way we think. As Isai­ah (55:8) rightly poin­ted out, God’s ways are quite dif­fer­ent from the human way. In John 4:5–42, Jesus suc­ceeded in mak­ing the Samar­it­ans under­stand that dis­crim­in­a­tion is not of God, but of the evil one. This he did by enga­ging the Samar­it­an woman in a con­ver­sa­tion that later involved the entire Samar­it­ans of Sychar, and cul­min­ated in believ­ing in Jesus and recog­niz­ing him as the mes­si­ah. Their joy and faith were so intense that they invited Jesus to stay with them in their town. Sur­pris­ingly, Jesus spent two days with them before pro­ceed­ing to Jer­u­s­alem. Hav­ing giv­en the Samar­it­ans who recog­nized him as the mes­si­ah the liv­ing water, Jesus now con­fronts the Jews to des­troy the bridge that is pre­vent­ing them from par­ti­cip­at­ing in the liv­ing water. Will he suc­ceed? The end of the story will cla­ri­fy.

Who sinned?

As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His dis­ciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his par­ents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:1–2). When Jesus told the Jews that their fath­er Abra­ham rejoiced at the thought of see­ing his day, and that he saw it and was glad, they wondered how Jesus could have seen Abra­ham when he was not even fifty years old. At such con­clu­sion, Jesus told them that before Abra­ham was born, he was already (John 8:56–58). On hear­ing this blas­phemy (in their under­stand­ing), they wanted to stone him, but Jesus slipped away from their pres­ence (John 8:59). As Jesus walked away from the temple premise, he saw this blind men­dic­ant. The dis­ciples con­fron­ted.….…

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