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stephanie_duzant_devotional_pictureRev. Stephanie A. Duzant
John 9:13-34

24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this,[b] because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”
25 “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”
John 9:24-25
The first thing that came to my mind when I read the text was the new theology that Jesus is introducing is on trial. The healed man, once blind has been called to account not for the fact that he is able to see, but for the way in which his healing came about, and who should get the credit for the actual healing. Jesus is called a sinner, not because he healed, but because he healed on the Sabbath. Healing on the Sabbath and Jesus claim to be the begotten son of God is a new theology that the Pharisees do not want to embrace because it would strip them of the religious oppressive power that they wielded over the Jewish people. After rigorous questioning of the healed man, as well as his family the man holds on to what is true…for him. In the midst of an atmosphere filled with fear, and doubt, this healed man, who was blind from birth, holds on to what is true. In spite of the theology of the law, in spite of traditions, and political pressure, he stands firm in his truth: He was blind, and now he can see.
During this Lenten season I challenge you to hold on to your truths. I challenge you to hold on to your healings that may have come through unconventional channels. I challenge you to hold on to the teachings of Jesus that make you love outside of the theological boxes you were raised in. I challenge you to challenge those traditions and practice that keep the marginalized just as spiritually oppressed, as they are socially and economically. And I dare you to embrace the truth of God’s love for you, so that you can see God’s love for the world.

Rev. Stephanie A. Duzant
St. Matthew’s Community AME Church of Hollis
Queens, New York
SMCAMECHURCH.org

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