Today’s gospel passage recalls an encounter between Jesus and a man born blind.  Putting spit and dirt on his hands and rubbing the paste into the eyes of the blind man, Jesus sends him to a nearby river to wash out the paste and see again.  This is exactly what happened.  Later, questioned about this by the Pharisees who want all the details of how this man regained his sight, they are told “He made a paste, put it in my eyes, told me to wash and I can see”.

The explanation proved too simple for the Pharisees who felt the need to probe more, go deeper and unearth something that was hidden.  The only piece of “earth” that really mattered in all this story was the bit that Jesus mixed with spit to make the paste. The blind man knew that, Jesus knew that and, you’d think, we should all know that.  Still somehow we seek to complicate the simple and overthink the wonder of God’s power revealed in the simple touch of a hand.

I’m fairly sure there’s a message in here for us all.  “Simple Faith” is a term that could lessen the wonder of faith.  It might suggest a childlike acceptance of faith without any real analysis or self-questioning.  It’s likely there’s truth in that too but simple faith is anything but “simple” – it is quite profound and a true gift for those who possess it.  There’s something in it about trust in God and a belief that He would never put us on a wrong path or send us to a river (a place) that would not offer healing.

During the week I was visiting a house and there was a small girl there.  I’ve known her since birth and we get along well, thank God. When I was leaving I bent down to her and said “Have you a hug for me before I go?” She stood there, looked at me and for what seemed a long time though I’m sure it was only seconds, she did nothing.  Then she threw her two arms out, put them around my neck and hugged me tightly.  “Thanks”, I said “that was special”  “I thought about it in my head”, she said, “I just said YES! and went for it”!  We all laughed and so did she but she was saying something very real.

In the Faith too, we have to think about it in our heads, just say “YES” and “go for it”.

I’m convinced that can make a real and meaningful difference.  

Our Father everlasting
The all creating One
God Almighty

Through Your Holy Spirit
Conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus our Savior

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus

Our Judge and our Defender
Suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You

Descended into darkness
You rose in glorious life
Forever seated high

I believe in You
I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord

I believe in life eternal
I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the saints’ communion
And in Your holy Church
I believe in the resurrection
When Jesus comes again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Album: No Other Name

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