March 26, 2017
I used to be an umpire baiter. It is kind of hard to imagine today; I've matured and mellowed a bit, but I used to have a few run ins with umpires in my younger days playing ball. It is embarrassing to think back to my over reactions to their bad calls. Some of you may remember Milt Schilling; I got very worked up at him one day at Kimball after, in my opinion, several missed calls. Now I never called an ump blind...but I'm pretty sure my Mom did many times.
Now we all know that the umpire that misses a call is not really blind. And in our gospel lesson today, Jesus called the Pharisees blind; they weren't really blind. But there was a man who was born blind who was given sight by Jesus. We are doing the gospel reading a little differently today. I was given a DVD of the gospel of John, and it has the whole gospel word for word from the NIV, but also has a video depiction of the action in the gospel. We have a long reading today, even longer than the one Judy read last Sunday. So I thought it would be interesting to hear our gospel reading from the DVD and watch how the story of the man born blind might have looked back in the day.