Thursday, June 6, 2013

“Am I looking for the truth of Christ?”

“That the works of God should be revealed in him.” (John 9.3)

The miracles of God as told in the Holy Scriptures are for one purpose, to reveal to us the truth of God. The story of the healing of the man born blind has this purpose; to reveal to those who witness the miracle, and to us who hear about the miracle, that Jesus Christ is the not only the Messiah, but the Creator of the universe.

The Gospel offers a glimpse, if we choose to see it, when we hear, “He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” (John 9.6) The image reminds of another time when God created using dirt. “Then God formed man out of the dust from the ground, and breathed in his face the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2.7)

In this miracle, we find ourselves face-to-face with a Man not only heals the sick, but can complete the creation started by God, as God revealing His authority and power.

In his homily on this passage, St John Chrysostom puts it this way, “"For as some excellent architect may build part of a house, and leave the rest unfinished, so that those who believe not he may prove, by means of that remnant, that he is author of the whole; so also God joined together and completes our body, as it were a house decayed, healing the withering hand, bracing the palsied limbs, straightening the lame, cleansing the lepers, raising up of the sick, making sound the crippled, recalling the dead from death, opening the eyes that were closed, or adding them where they were not, all which things, being blemishes arising from the infirmity of our nature, He by correcting showed His power."

So the next time you are faced with asking for a miracle from the Lord, consider this; “Am I looking for the truth of Christ?”

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