[#pictureLent] March 26: BLIND

By Katy Medinas
Duke Divinity School Student
Durham, NC

First, read John 9, Psalm 40, Psalm 23

Do you remember Velma, from Scooby Doo? The one that’s always asking, “Where’s my glasses?!” Well, that’s me. Whenever I take off my glasses, I try to always put them in the same place. But every now and then, I’ll put them in a random spot, forget where I set them down, and can’t find them, because I can’t see without my glasses.

“Ruh-roh,” as Scooby would say. 

When I’m not wearing my glasses, it’s actually a bit frightening. I’m scared that I’ll trip over something. Or that someone will see me squinting and think that I’m mad at them. 

Despite the anxiety I feel when I’m not wearing my glasses, when I pray, I will usually take them off. 

The psalmist says in verse 12 (of Psalm 40), “My wrongdoings have caught up with me—I can’t see a thing!” We are often blinded by things like guilt, busyness, fear, or even the need to be right (like the Pharisees in John 9). However, God calls us to remove these obstacles from our vision.

Take note: this doesn’t mean we should be blind to the world. In fact, when we become blind to these negative things, we actually see God—and opportunities to participate in God’s kingdom—more clearly.  

Thus, when I remove my glasses to pray, it helps me to literally blur the distractions around me and focus instead on listening for God’s will in my life.  

This is the purpose of the Lent season: to remove and replace. To replace the negative things with love: love of self, love of God, and love of neighbor.

O God, who is Light and Life,  
who separated the light and the darkness,  
whose light shines into the darkness, 
blind us from the distractions which blind us from You. 
Give us eyes to see You and Your creation more clearly, 
so that upon beholding Your kingdom, 
we might be so moved to be a part of it. Amen. 

Discussion/Reflection Questions: 

1. What is blinding you to God and opportunities to participate in God’s kingdom? 
2. Who was blind in today’s readings? Pay close attention to John 9:39-41 and Psalm 40:12-16. 
3. Look through today’s readings and highlight the words that have to do with blindness. Don’t limit yourself to literal sight, but include words such as ‘know’, ‘guide’, or ‘seek’. How do these words shape how we think about blindness, sight, and knowing God?