Weekly Reflections

Below you will find the most recent Weekly Reflection from the clergy with a link to the week's readings.

October 24th, 2021

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B


Hearing and Seeing

 

Our scriptures and our worship make enormous usage of the acts of hearing and seeing. We are to hear the Word, and we seek to see the Lord at work in the world. In this week’s Gospel reading a blind man, named Timaeus, asks Jesus, “My teacher, let me see again.” In our Old Testament reading from Job, Job says to God, “I had heard of you with the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.” 

 

There is a major priority placed on the use and the restoration of these senses in the Bible, but there were a great many people then and now whose sense of sight and of hearing are impaired or completely absent. Would we say that they are somehow cut off from the love and the revelation of God? I certainly hope not! These senses are gifts from God and avenues to experiencing God, but God can work within any human life, regardless of sight and sound.

 

The many of us who are able-bodied in these ways can easily take for granted not only the privileges we have in moving through the world with these senses but also something deeper. When we encounter lines and scenes from the Bible that place so much emphasis on sight and sound, we can take for granted that those who lack sight or hearing are not whole. 

 

Many who have lost their senses, such as the blind beggar in the Gospel story, long to have them restored. But, there are whole communities of others who do not feel this way, who seek rather to live into the fullness of who they are without those senses or abilities. 

 

Our wholeness as God’s creatures, regardless of these differences, is found in the Lord, and if we look carefully at our scriptures, that fact is always upheld. The invitation is not so much for the disabled to seek able-bodiedness as for the able-bodied to accept, uphold and serve the full dignity of all.