We are often asked to take a stand, be it concerning politics, education of the children, or the way work should be done. Taking a stand, especially one concerning a controversial issue, may involve opposition. Christians are asked to take a stand quite often.
In today’s gospel Jesus heals a man blind from birth. Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “go wash in the Pool of Siloam” so he went and washed, and come back able to see. His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg’? So they said to him, “How were your eyes opened? He replied, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, “Go to Siloam and wash” so I went there and washed and was able to see.”
They brought that man who was blind to the Pharisees. They asked him how he was able to see. The blind explains the way Jesus did to him. The Pharisees did not believe that Jesus is from God because he does not keep the Sabbath. Even when people ask his parents whatJesus did to heal their son, the parents just simply say to ask their son because they are afraid of the Jews who say that if anyone believe in Jesus, they will be expelled from the synagogue. When the Pharisees asked the man who was blind again, he challenged them by asking: “Do you want to become the disciples of Jesus, too?” This question suggested to the Pharisees that he is now the disciple of Jesus. But The Pharisees threw him out. This blind man is challenging us to take a stand. Where do you stand? You are a baptized Christian. Does the Lord Jesus and the philosophy of life he stands for have real impact on your life-style?