March 18,2007 Fourth Sunday in Lent
Readings :          1Samuel  16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Response: “The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Ephesians 5: 8-14
John 9: 1-41
 
We may all remember, Saul, the first king of Israel , was selected because he was tall and handsome and was agile in the use of the weapons of the time.
In this selection from 1Samuel, Sam is sent by God to pick, from among Jesse’s sons a replacement for Saul who became full of himself and was no longer seeking God but his own welfare.
When Samuel approached Jesse about choosing one of his sons as a replacement, naturally one of the attributes Sam looked for, was a boy of great stature and strength
However, God reminded him He looked into the heart to see if the proposed leader would be suitable. After seeing seven (7) of Jesse’s sons, Sam thought to himself, God is too picky. So he asked Jesse if there were anymore sons. David was just a kid. He was left in the fields to shepherd his father’s flocks while Samuel looked over the rest of his brothers. When God didn’t choose any of them, Samuel shrugged his shoulders and sent for him.
David was a good-looking boy and sturdy of body.
God said,” There anoint him!
So the second King of Israel was chosen and in David’s line, all the Kings of Judah and Israel emanated. Even the expected Messiah was thought to be of David line. Jesus was called “Son of David”.
Was David your ideal King? In many ways, he was! However, like all humankind, he sometimes gave into temptation and sinned woefully against his God and his fellow man.
 
When you’re discouraged because of your sinfulness, buck up. Remember, the man God chose to lead His people Israel , a man after God’s own heart, failed! The many psalms attributed to David are evidence of his sorrow and repentance .
 
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he encourages them to live I the light of Christ. The contrast between darkness and light is a literary device to offer us the solace of knowing ourselves to the degree we will always persevere in the light of truth. Temptation and sinfulness have no place in Paul’s life and he teaches us to be steadfast in our faith. Thereby, the reward of eternal life will be ours.
 
Being born blind, put the man in John’s story, in the eyes of Jews generally and especially the religious leaders, in a special category. Either they personally, or their ancestors were convicted of abusing the Law.
When Christ saw one of His people in this dire strait, He made a paste of some gravel and His own spit, placed it on the eyes of the man born blind and told him to go wash in a pool. Upon doing so, his eyesight was given him.
According to the creation story, when God formed man, it was from the dirt of the earth mixed with water.
There isn’t much reference to the Sabbath, but to do ”work,” was prohibited  by the Pharisee’s interpretation of the Law. ( Remember Christ’s disciples plucking grain as they walked through the field.) Christ wasn’t being obstinate! This was a practical matter! A son of God was infirm and to help him retain his sight or pull him out of a ditch or come to his aid in any way was the human thing to do.
There are some of us who criticize others because of the way they dress or their liaise faire attitude when our worship is so solemn. Remember, God sees into the heart.
The man born blind wasn’t able to perceive the light or the image of his own mom and dad but when he was hurt he pained and when he was cold, he shivered.
All of God’s people need the benefit of our doubt.
When we can say, with finality, we are perfect as God is perfect, then, and only then, may we be critical of others!
 
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