Fourth Sunday of Lent 26th March 2017
Lent 4 – the man born blind
“When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with saliva and spread the mud over the man’s eyes.”
Jesus is redoing Genesis, it is re-creation. We remember the words that started our Lenten journey: dust you are and to dust you shall return. This Scripture reminds us that we are fragile divine mud clods – adams – made from adamah – dirt. This Scripture reminds us that Lent It is about Groundedness.
Learning rituals of being connected to our physicality, to allow Jesus to put mud on our eyes so that we can see that we are connected with the earth. This ritual of mixing saliva with mud is a deeper image. In Psalm 2, kings are anointed as sons of God.
Here Jesus is anointing the blind man as a son of God using the mud of the Lamb. He is redefined, he is not a sinner, he is a son of God. It is a powerful image because as Lenten people we have dust on our foreheads remembering that dust we are and to dust we shall return. As the man’s eyes are washed in mud and as Lenten people who walk with dust on their heads there is a gentle reminder to remain grounded, we are sons and daughters of the living God, but we are also mud creatures. We are sacred, divine, mud clods.
Grace and peace. Desiree
By Desiree Snyman