Saturday, March 27, 2021
An excerpt from Mark 10:51-52 (NRSV):
Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
Reflection from Ellie Stadelmann:
I remember when I was around the age of 5, and learned the song Amazing Grace. It was with lots of other children in the room at a church I used to attend in Chicago. The lesson in Church that day was about God healing the blind man, but that was all I caught, and I didn’t understand a word they said. But what I did grasp that day was a realization through that song: I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind, but now I see. Those lyrics taught me that God loves us greater than we could ever fathom – that with the tiniest bit of faith in Him, he could move mountains for us. He is the creator of us and is with us through situations that are hard – as the blind man turned to Jesus for help in his overwhelmingly difficult life situation, so we too have access to an all-powerful, all loving, and compassionate God. Only our faith is required to reach out to Him. Before this realization of how He is waiting for us to come to Him in faith for any reason, I was blind, but after that day, I could see.
Window from the north wall of the Nave in St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, Deerfield
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Jeremiah 33:10-16; Mark 10:32-34, 46-52
“Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”
by Elizabeth Poston
“The tree of life my soul hath seen,
laden with fruit, and always green:
The trees of nature fruitless be compared
with Christ the apple tree.
This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive;
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.”
Tags: Lent 2021