“’Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.'” (John 9:2-3, NIV)
The call of the disciple of Christ is to recognize the works of God displayed in others. I think it means that when we encounter someone who, like the blind man in this story, has been marginalized that we stop and get to know them. We look beyond the initial labels to the person created in God’s image and, in turn, display God’s work of love and grace in our own lives.
Heavenly Father, may we learn how to be truly present with those whom the world marginalizes and ignores. Teach me to know how to recognize your works displayed in the lives of others.