The gospel reading today in the lectionary is the one where Jesus restores sight to the blind beggar. Here are some messages I see in this story.
*that we like to blame people or their families for what we see as their misfortune.
* that our difficulties in life are stages on which the Mercy of God dances.
* sometimes it is we who get to show the Mercy of God to the world.
*when we are more attached to religion than to God, we can become blind to God's work around us.
A prayer for today:
Help me to understand your great mercy. And even if I can't understand it, please give me your strength to dance it out into the world. Help me to not be so judgemental of others. For the times when I have been blind to your work in the world, forgive me. Spread your mud over MY eyes, that I might wash and see you.
In Jesus' name,
the image is a cross stitch pattern that is titled "Jesus healing the blind man", but perhaps should have been something like "Jesus poking out the eye of a little boy"