Christ is risen!
Truly He is risen!
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:1-7)
St Romanos the Melodist offers an interpretation of the above miracle which was common among patristic writers: namely, that Christ is showing He is the creator by healing the man born blind. Christ is completing creation, creating eyes for the man who did not have eyes to see. As is expressed in the Nicene Creed, Jesus is Lord “by whom all things were made” – He is the Creator who heals us by restoring us to wholeness.
“Hurry, then, my soul, go to Christ the Son of the Virgin,
That he may bring you healing which you cannot receive from any human.
A blind man came, plunged in darkness from his mother’s womb,
And what nature took from him, Christ gave to him. . . .
A doctor cannot complete the nature that comes to him incomplete,
As Christ did for one born blind from his mother’s womb.
And from this, it is clear that he is the creator
Of the first-formed man, whom he made from the earth (Gen 2:7).
For recently too he brought forward from the earth the one I spoke of (the widow’s son from Luke 7:11-17),
And he is fashioner and Master of nature and eternal God.
For me the strength of the flesh rebels, contrary to nature,
But he above all nature was willingly born
From a virgin womb, the Lover of mankind,
Savior and alone without sin. (ON THE LIFE OF CHRIST: KONTAKIA, p 54)