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The good news for the day March 26, 2017

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (31

Once when Jesus was walking along in Jerusalem, he noticed a man blind as a birth defect.He spat on the ground and made a little clay with the saliva, and smeared it on the man’s eyes, saying, “Go wash now in the Pool of Siloam.” (Siloam means “sent) The man did go, washed, and came back now able to see. The people around him and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar mentioned, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” Some of them said, “It is him, ” but some others objected, “No, it just looks like him.” He said, “I am that man.” They brought the man who was once blind to the religious leaders, the Pharisees. As it happened, Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a Sabbath. As a result, the religious leaders asked him how he was able to see. He told them, “He put clay on my eyes, I washed, and now I can see.” Some Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Holy Day.” Some others objected, “How can a man who is sinful do such significant things?” There was division among them. They approached the blind man again, “What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is some kind of prophet.” They answered and said to him, “(Because of your defective birth), you were born in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” As a consequence, they threw him out. When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the One Coming Who Is THE human leader?” He answered, “Who is that One, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him; he is the one speaking with you.” He said, “I do believe, Sir,” and he gave him due respect. (John 9)

No matter what good you do, how healing and helpful you are—no matter the kind, self-sacrificing and humble behavior you show—you will be criticized. People proud their own goodness, leadership and principles will find an excuse to put you beneath their own virtue. Your response is to see yourself as a Child of God—“I do the good I can; I serve, no matter what people say.” You help people see, you open eyes—and people object. Eventually, people acknowledge that you are doing God’s will.

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