Third Sunday of Easter - Acts 9:1-20
There is blindness and then there’s “blindness.” There’s physical blindness which prevents a person from physically seeing. But, then there is the “blindness” caused by sin which prevents us from “seeing and believing.”
When Ananias restores Saul’s sight in our Scripture reading for the Third Sunday of Easter, scales fall off of Saul’s eyes. As the scales fall, Saul is able to once again physically see, but more importantly, Saul is filled with the Spirit, and is given faith, the ability to “see and believe.”
As you listen to my sermon for this week, consider what may cause a blindness of faith in your life: perhaps doubt, comfort, fear, or a sense of worthlessness. Maybe it’s a blindness caused by judging others, or of pride, despair, anger, or stubbornness. What causes your “blindness,” your inability to “see and believe?”
Then explore the times in your life when the light of Christ allows you to see most clearly. Maybe it is in the moments you are alone, in quiet reflection. Perhaps, it is when you are in community with others, engaging and building relationships.
As beloved children of God, we are called out of our darkness into the light. Like Ananias we simply need to faithfully answer, “Here I am, Lord.” Then, like Paul, let the scales fall from our eyes, and as the Spirit fills us, rise and go out to proclaim our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.