Fr Frank writes:
Both the story of the blind man (in today’s Gospel) and the story of the selection of David as King (first reading) speak to us of God’s choices.
Because God sees into the heart, sees the potential in a person, he chooses differently from the way that we might do.
Both David and the blind man are remembered and celebrated by the Christian community because they point beyond themselves to the reality of the divine. We honour David as the one who points ultimately to the ‘Son of David’; we recall the man born blind as the one who points to the ‘Son of Man’, ‘the light of the world’.
God has chosen us too. We, like David and the man born blind, are to display his works. In our baptism we have been chosen to point to Jesus by the witness of our Christian lives. To many people, including ourselves, we may seem an unlikely choice. But our greatness lies in the fact that we have been chosen, not in ourselves alone.
If I allow God to work in me, I can keep alive the story of God’s eccentric choices!
May the God of Surprises bless you today and always.
An elderly woman walked into a country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up a small flight of steps.
“Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely.
“The front row, please,” she replied.
“You really don’t want to do that,” the usher said. “The preacher is really boring.”
“Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman enquired.
“No,” he said.
“I’m the preacher’s mother,” she replied indignantly.
“Do you know who I am?” he asked.
“No,” she said.
“Good,” he answered as he hurried away.