You know the hymn “Amazing Grace”. Everyone knows that hymn. It’s sung at many funerals and even at secular events. It’s a comfort and source of support in times of deep grief or sadness.
There is a line in the first verse that always sticks out to me: was blind, but now I see. We sing it easily, but do we reflect on it? Blind from what? See what?
In Mark 10:46-52, Jesus heals a blind man who asks to see. The man didn’t ask for his sight to be restored. He asked to “see”. That’s so much more than regaining his vision.
What is there to see?
- A baby’s smile.
- The colors of the leaves in autumn.
- The sunset over the mountains that’s beautiful due to wildfires brought on by climate change.
- The person, created in God’s image, by the side of the road, as a person.
- The damaging impacts of generational poverty.
- The children who, because of the color of their skin, face inequity.
Well, there’s a lot to see that we miss because of our indifference, prejudice or unwillingness to do so. That man asked Jesus to “let him see again.” Was he able to see as a child? How did he lose his sight? How do we need to ask Jesus to let us see again? And what happens when we do see? The cost is great, as the rich young man learned in Mark 10:17-22. But it’s the cost of following Jesus.
May we ask Jesus to give us eyes that see, minds that offer mercy and hearts that love.
We’ll be looking for you in worship tomorrow at 10:00 am in-person at RCHS and via the stream. It won’t be the same without you.
Grace be with you,