July 18, 2020 - “Why?”

July 18, 2020

“Why?”

Things happen that we do not anticipate; unexpected circumstances that can overturn our entire life. It is then that we ask “why”.

Such situations bring to mind the instance of the man who was born blind.

“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying: 

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” [1]

In other words, Jesus does not look back so as to give a philosophical, psychological or ethical cosmic theorization of things. Neither does He choose to say that God is punishing the blind man and his parents because they sinned.[2]

On the contrary, Jesus looks ahead in order to show what God will do, pointing out that, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”[3] Following this, He heals the man.

Thus, in the hour of our misfortunes, let us not look backwards but ahead; there where Jesus is, in the hope that He will enlighten us in our calamities and that He will cure us. “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation.” [4]


[1] John 9:1-3

[2] Wright, N. T., God and the Pandemic, p.17, Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

[3] John 9:5

[4] 2 Corinthian 6:2

 

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