Thursday, 19 September 2013

Thursday - Go and wash in the pool of Siloan

Prayer:  Living Water,  flow upon our thoughts and deeds and actions this day.  May we live and move and have our being in Your love and peace.   In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Read  St John 9:1 -  11

Along the journey,  Jesus and the disciples encounter a blind man.  The disciples ask Jesus who sinned…. the man or his parents.    Back in Jesus’ time,  people thought that sin caused blindness and disease.   In this case,  the disciples are trying to discern who sinned…. did the man sin and become blind or did his parent’s  sin and thus the man became blind.   Jesus says that neither the man nor his parents sinned.   In fact,  says Jesus,  this man was blind and you looked upon him today so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

So the work of God might be displayed in the blind man’s life…..   Jesus tells the disciples (and us today)  that the work of God must continue always. 

Then Jesus spits on the ground and mixes his saliva with mud and puts it on the man’s eyes.   Jesus then says to the man, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam”.    The man goes and washes his face in the pool of Siloam and is healed of his blindness. 

In the Church today  we use water.    Water is used in baptism as a sign and symbol of washing away our old life of sin and becoming  squeaky clean with a  new life in Christ.  Water is used for cleansing.   Water is used for healing.    Water is used to remind us of the love of God in Christ who forgives all sins.

What sins and portions of your life would you leave behind if Jesus said to you, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam”?     In prayer this day,  offer up to Jesus the sins and portions of your life that you want to leave behind. 

Go and wash in the pool of Siloam.

Prayer:  Great God,  You sent down Your Living Water upon us so that we become a new creation in Your sight.   May we continue to thirst after Your Living Water this day and forever.  Amen.

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