Pause

In the forced solitude of waiting, lean into silence.

In the mindfulness of inhaling, exhale grace.

In the intentionality of washing your hands, feel God’s presence with you.

In the darkest valley, remember that Christ is the light of the world.

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Listen

Some Pharisees said, “This man isn’t from God, because he breaks the Sabbath law.” Others said, “How can a sinner do miraculous signs like these?” So they were divided. Some of the Pharisees questioned the man who had been born blind again: “What do you have to say about him, since he healed your eyes?”

He replied, “He’s a prophet.”

The Jewish leaders didn’t believe the man had been blind and received his sight until they called for his parents. The Jewish leaders asked them, “Is this your son? Are you saying he was born blind? How can he now see?”

His parents answered, “We know he is our son. We know he was born blind. But we don’t know how he now sees, and we don’t know who healed his eyes. Ask him. He’s old enough to speak for himself.” His parents said this because they feared the Jewish authorities. This is because the Jewish authorities had already decided that whoever confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why his parents said, “He’s old enough. Ask him.”

John 9:16-23

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Think

A new discovery never comes without controversy. There seems always to be someone who does not agree with the new understanding. Sight has a way of doing that. When we are able to see things in a new way, it can test the relationships we have with people who may not agree with us. When we do not agree with someone else, we too must remember that they are looking at things through their own eyes and through their own experience. Taking time to look again and to look with an openness to understanding is important.

This is where listening comes in. When we listen before we look, we are able to see things in a new way. The religious leaders were not open to listening to the story of someone else’s experience. They were not open to seeing things through someone else’s eyes.

The light of Christ invites us to see things more fully and to be open to the experience of others. It invites us to listen and to always take another look.

Andrew Kellner

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Pray

God, help me today to listen, so that I may see more fully. My viewpoint is not the only one; help me to see things through others eyes, so that I might see things more fully. Amen.

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Go

Open your eyes today to the light of God surrounding you.

Open your eyes today to the light of God within you.

Open your eyes today to the light of God in each person you meet.

Open your eyes today, and see all that God has for you to see.

Andrew Kellner

The Rev. Andrew Kellner serves as Chaplain at St. James School, a tuition-free Episcopal middle school in Philadelphia.

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