Posted by: Postordinandy | February 7, 2014

John 9 (pt 1)

The Light revealing light to one who lived in permanent darkness,

This man, trapped in sensory mystery all of his life,

Enters day for the first time.

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The man-God’s saliva – used to prepare his food for swallowing,

Now readies the prisoner for release,

The mud he had sat and pleaded from, now his key to freedom.

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Colour and shade, depth and distance – all now present,

Life’s possibilities thrust open and wide,

Now seeing clearly, and – perhaps – finally also seen.

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“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned,this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said.” [John 9:1-12]

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