Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 24-OCT-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 22 – "Seeing with eyes wide open" – Booklets with titles like "The Four Spiritual Laws" have often been distributed for evangelistic campaigns, in the hope that the reader will study a short selection of scripture verses, be convinced of sinfulness, say a sinner's prayer, accept Jesus as personal Saviour, and be saved. But as important as that may be as a path to salvation, it will be more fully revealed when salvation is actually seen at work. In Chapters 8 to 10 of Mark's gospel there are two accounts of Jesus healing a man of blindness, with one man's sight partly restored and the other man's sight fully restored. In this part of the gospel we are told of how blind or partially sighted the disciples were, when it came to seeing the identity of Jesus as the messiah. They thought that when Jesus came into his kingdom, they would be occupying senior positions in his management team; but Jesus told them that they had the wrong idea. They must take up their own cross, their own cup of suffering, and follow the Jesus way of radical love for the most vulnerable in society. What might we see with our eyes open to the way of Jesus? We live in a parlous moment, a time to be alert to the inbreaking of God, even amid so much social, economic, ecological and political upheaval, disruption and destuction. Let us see with our eyes open, and be partners with God to create a faithful and faith-filled future.
Mark 10: 46-52

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