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34-mud

Lent day 34

Monday

Theme: Mud

Scripture

John 9:1-17

As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus' disciples asked, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was it because he or his parents sinned?”

“No, it wasn’t!” Jesus answered. “But because of his blindness, you will see God work a miracle for him. As long as it is day, we must do what the one who sent me wants me to do. When night comes, no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light for the world.”

After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground. He made some mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes. Then he said, “Go and wash off the mud in Siloam Pool.” The man went and washed in Siloam, which means “One Who Is Sent.” When he had washed off the mud, he could see.

The man’s neighbors and the people who had seen him begging wondered if he really could be the same man. Some of them said he was the same beggar, while others said he only looked like him. But he told them, “I am that man.”
“Then how can you see?” they asked.

He answered, “Someone named Jesus made some mud and smeared it on my eyes. He told me to go and wash it off in Siloam Pool. When I did, I could see.”
“Where is he now?” they asked.

“I don’t know,” he answered.

The day when Jesus made the mud and healed the man was a Sabbath. So the people took the man to the Pharisees. They asked him how he was able to see, and he answered, “Jesus made some mud and smeared it on my eyes. Then after I washed it off, I could see.”

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus doesn’t come from God. If he did, he would not break the law of the Sabbath.”

Others asked, “How could someone who is a sinner work such a miracle?”
Since the Pharisees could not agree among themselves, they asked the man, “What do you say about this one who healed your eyes?”
“He is a prophet!” the man told them.

Reflection prompts

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What do you have, and what can you use that is right at your fingertips, to lean into that passion?

Prayer

God who breathed life into dust, I should have known that you would use mud to heal. I should have known that you would use what was right there at your fingertips to change the world. Teach me to do the same. Amen. - Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org

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