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Scripture — Matthew  21:31-34

31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but [the 2 blind men] shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!”

32 Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?”   33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”

34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.

 

Reflection

There’s an ongoing  debate among some theologians as to whether God is affected by human petitions and the human condition.   It’s called “impassibility.”  Is God impassible, or indifferent, to us?  One who argues yes is David Bentley Hart who wrote a book titled The Doors of the Sea following the calamitous tsunami of a few years ago.  In his view, God’s all-powerful, sovereign and omnipotent nature demands that God cannot be moved by the ever-changing nature and conditions of humanity.  God’s indifference is a reflection of God’s unchanging, ever-consistent, divine being.

For me, the incarnation of Christ, his earthly ministry and then death on the cross — among other parts of scripture — give witness to a God who is very much engaged in our world and our welfare.  These two blind men called out to Christ as he walked by, and “moved by compassion,” Jesus kneels down, touches their eyes, and restores their sight.  That action could symbolize God’s overall response to us.  Moved by compassion, God kneels down to us and restores our sight.  Our hopes.  Our ties to God and one another.  Our very lives.

And God does this even at times when we might feel or act indifferent to God.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,

As we continue this Lenten journey, hold our hands as we seek to walk with you.   As you gave your life for us, help us to dedicate our lives to you.

Amen

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