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Amazing Grace

Mahalia Jackson singing the song Amazing Grace (post continued below video):

Her performance doesn’t really require comment. But I have been reflecting a bit on the song today.

The Gospel reading in many Christian churches this morning would have been from John, chapter 9, about a man, a beggar, blind from birth, who is given sight for the first time by Jesus. Some of the local Pharisees are both skeptical and critical of the event, as they are skeptical and critical of Jesus. They interrogate the man, who can claim to know very little about the person who healed him. They call on the man’s parents, to ensure that he really was blind from birth as he claims. Then they call the formerly blind man back again for more questions. As the ESV has it:

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

I was blind, but now I see. I’m certain I’m not the first person to pick up on Continue reading Amazing Grace