It is so that the glory of God might be made manifest through him.
Ordinarily the first reading and the Gospel text connect with one another with relative ease, but this week the readings seem disconnected. What does the anointing of David as king have to do with the healing of the man born blind? In both cases we have parents who do not see their sons as having any significance at all. In fact, both David and the blind man are written off by their parents as of no value or as cursed by God.
In fact, the disciples of Jesus think this way too. Jesus, however, does not. Where human beings see insignificance and sin, Jesus sees potential. The condition of David and the blind man have nothing to do with sin, but instead it is so that God can work through this person in powerful and unexpected ways. No one thought much of David, but he became Israel’s greatest king. No one thought much of this blind man, but Jesus did and this miracle of sight leads to growth and glory for the kingdom of God.
In being called by God, David and the blind man encounter hostility and resistance for their newfound relationship with God. David will incur the wrath of Saul, while the blind man is expelled from the synagogue. But his hostility does not diminish their faith and joy in walking with God – a walk that necessarily involves the cross, a sign they, and we, are near the reign of God.