Fourth Sunday in Lent 26 March:
1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41
God sees not as we see. God chooses flawed vessels, like David and like us, to be a part of God’s work in the world. Jesus called real people to ministry as disciples, both then in the time of the Scriptures and now as he calls us. Perhaps, the lesson here from these readings is to be humble of opinion, for we do not really fully know how God works or why God works in the way God does through people we would not expect.
Perhaps as part of our giving up things in Lent, we need to give up judging others, for we inevitably get ourselves trapped in our own sin when we try to discern if someone is worthy or not to be a vessel of God’s work. Let us therefore commit to better discernment and trying to see what God has in store for us on the way of the cross, rather than looking to judge others and make pronouncements on their worthiness to God.