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Asking The Right Question

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” It was a question you might expect the disciples to ask of their teacher. The conventional wisdom of that place, the theology of the day, taught that disabilities and illness were a consequence of sin. And so it was reasonable for the disciples to ask, whose sin? Was the man born blind because, as it is written in the book of Exodus in chapter 20, “I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents,” or was he born blind, as might be inferred from the story of Esau and Jacob wrestling in the womb of Rebekah in the book of Genesis, was it because the man himself had sinned while in the w

The Nicodemus Dilemma

How many of you are responsible for your own birth? I’m guessing not very many. Because it doesn’t work like that. You were born by someone else. Someone else carried you, someone else did the labour, someone else dealt with the mess. Each one of us entered into an incredible new reality at our birth, but not one of us can say that we did it on our own. In today’s gospel, we’re back in the womb again. Not our mother’s womb this time, but the womb of our present reality, the womb of this earth as we know it, of this material world, the womb of the flesh. We know it well, this life. We’re starting to get the hang of it. Sometimes, like Nicodemus, we feel like we’ve got things figured

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