In John 9:3, Jesus performs a healing that defies explanation, even in our twenty first century world. Recently, one of my friends had a cataract procedure that failed, leaving her blinded. Luckily she was a candidate for a cornea transplant, and now she can see, and she is truly filled with joy and gratitude. Faithful believer that she is, she believes that the gift of medical science and the gifted hands of her surgeons are gifts from God. In that regard, her eyes are wide open.
The healing, though, was not the main part of this story this morning - important as it was to the blind man, the main point, as Jesus says, is that “he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” Like my friend, we don’t need our physical sight to “see” the mystery and wonder of God. As the crowd and the Pharisees blunder on blindly, discounting the testimony of the blind man, it gives us pause to consider who exactly is blind in this story. As my Irish grandfather was fond of saying, “There’s none so blind as them that won’t see!”