Our scripture this week is John 9:1-41.
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
The (formerly) blind man is called before the Pharisees yet again. They continue to question him, but his testimony is simple and honest. They are not listening to understand, but to refute.
We are still guilty of this today, in our daily life and our faith life as well. Often our minds are closed to situations we encounter, and any conversation that doesn’t agree with our view leads to argument and condemnation. The facts on both sides are sometimes lost in the heat of the exchange.
I remember as a high school debater if we went off topic or spoke negatively of our opponents, we lost points. If we do this in life, we lose opportunities, and sometimes relationships. Even in our disagreement, may we continue to treat each other as Jesus taught us, listening and speaking in love.
Heavenly Father, we are passionate creatures who often let our feelings get the better of us. Help us to practice the self-control Jesus displayed, living according to the law of Your love. Amen.