We are People of Compassion: God Gets Dirty

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:9-14

Questions for Reflection

  1. John 8:1-11 — The Woman Caught in Adultery. I wonder how she was caught in the act (as it clearly says in this passage)? Was she set up? Where was the man? How was it a trap for Jesus? So many questions to help us understand this short passage. I encourage you to wrestle with this one this week: What kind of king "plays" in the dirt? Drawing in the sand is for children, the poor, those that live in the alleys.What can we learn about God that he would come among the sinners-in-the-streets to draw on the ground?
  2. John 9:1-6 — New Eyes from Saliva and Dirt. Here we see Jesus offering sight with spit and dirt. Read it. Picture it. What can we see more clearly—understand more deeply—when we see God willing to use the material of everyday life to offer hope and vision? Has God stepped into your "mess" and offered hope yet? Can you see better since God touched your life (and your eyes)? How do we best share this with others?