Tuesday, May 19
In the Gospel of John, Jesus’s disciples ask him on account of whose sin was a man born blind. Jesus tells them no one is to blame. This had happened in order that “the works of God might be made manifest in him” (9:3, RSV).
Here, at Lystra, a man who was crippled from birth is healed. Again, God appears. God is known through signs and wonders; or in this case, through the miracle of healing.
People sometimes miss the point when they see God at work. They want to give credit to the actors who are merely the instruments of God’s grace. We must focus our minds on the One at work in our midst. Let us offer thanks to the “living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them” (v. 15).
When we see you at work, O Lord, help us to clearly perceive your intentions. Help us not to ascribe praise to others that rightfully belongs to you. Amen.