The Rev. Linda Spiers
Today’s gospel reveals healing through mud. Through mud a blind man came to see. Jesus saw a man blind from birth. “Jesus spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent).
Some Lenten practices become a part of who we are beyond Lent. That's the hope for us—that our fast becomes part of the fabric of our lives, whether we take on a new discipline or give up something. Several years ago I received an email entitled "Experience Lent" with a list of seven fasting practices to consider embracing during Lent.
It was Jesus of Nazareth all right, the man they’d tramped many a dusty mile with, whose mother and brothers they knew, the one they’d seen as hungry, tired, footsore as the rest of them. But it was also the Messiah, the Christ, in his glory. It was the holiness of the man shining through his humanness, his face so afire with it they were almost blinded.
Steve Biko was a well-known anti-apartheid leader, an Anglican and a leading proponent of ‘black consciousness.’ In 1977, while he was in the custody of the South African police, he was brutally tortured and murdered. His death became the rallying point for many in the freedom struggle.