Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” John 9:39

Some years ago I was on my way to the City of New York to attend a funeral. As I approached an intersection where I needed to make a right turn, I came to a complete stop. After looking for opposing and cross traffic I preceded to make a right turn. Before I got 50 feet a policeman was behind me flashing his lights. A right turn on a red light in New York was illegal. Ignorance of the law was no defense and I accepted the consequence. Jesus uses blindness as a metaphor for ignorance of the Law. The Pharisees didn’t understand that the law to which Jesus refers is the one in which we are called to love God and love neighbor as self. Instead they chose to use the physical Law of Moses to separate themselves among God’s chosen when in reality they separated themselves from God’s love given through Christ. Every day we may be different things to different people. As we get closer to understanding who we are in Christ, we become blind to others who want to keep seeing us as we used to be and we become who God always intended us to be, beloved children of God.

Claim Your Name!

Happy New Year!

How appropriate it is to celebrate the naming of Christ Jesus, on the first day of the year; “God Saves.” In the Bible names have history and for many of us today our names have some kind of story behind them. Think about it though, from this first day forward and now that you’ve lived so many years, what would you like to be called? How would you like to be identified? This time next year will it still be relevant? Do you even want it to be? I have the kind of name that isn’t shared by too many people (at least not in the U.S). Years ago I used to be bothered that no one ever seemed to spell my name correctly and 99 % of the time mispronounced it. I was always excited when I met someone who not only shared my name but also spelled their name exactly like mine. It was almost as if I was an anomaly. I of course learned to get over it. These days I am happy to be named “Child of God,” and I thank him everyday that it’s who I am and who I want to be. The Good News is that with this name I never feel like an anomaly, just blessed. Have a Happy New Year and start it out right. Claim Your Name!

Naming of Christ Jesus; Good News; Claim Your Name