John 9:41 Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.” (The Message Bible)
Like much of Jesus’ teaching, he may have been referring to an Old Testament verse. Jeremiah 5:21 reads: “Hear now this, O foolish people, without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not.” The thought has come down in general proverbial language as “there is none so blind as he who will not see.” People will disagree on something even though they are experiencing exactly the same thing. Occasionally I will call an object one color but my wife will say it is a different (though somewhat similar) color. We make determinations about life sometimes when we are fairly young and won’t even consider the possibility that those assumptions may not be entirely accurate at this point in our lives. Lent can be a time to allow ourselves to revisit or review things we simply assume about God. If we are not willing to do that we will remain as we are indefinitely, at least in some respects. Another saying goes, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten.” Can God open your eyes to something new or deeper? Or would you not be interested in that? This can be a Lenten lesson!