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John 9:2-3 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.”
Jesus calls these preconceived notions into question. Because a person is blind, does that mean that God is getting back at their family? Because a person is born to a different tribe, does that mean they cannot be saved? Because a person is poor, does that mean that they cannot worship?
Jesus turns these notions upside down and invites the “others” into conversation. And, as Jesus challenges those norms, he calls all those around him and all of us to challenge such norms in our own contexts.
MOVING FORWARD: We all have implicit biases, attitudes, and stereotypes that affect our actions. What steps can you take today toward recognizing those biases and addressing them?