Religion and Disability
First you got a guy who is begging and being told he is a sin of his families creation. No one wants to talk to him.... ah the old days of disability. Then you have Jesus and he looks and sees the guy who is blind and heals him. I find it interesting that untill this time and even after because his disability he isn't seen as human. The pharisees listen to him talking and don't belive him that clearly since he was a sign of sin he could never really have a good thing happen. They also don't belive him so they ask his parents, how many times in the disability world has someone not belived you and wanted to ask a wiser person. So the parents in my opion are going meh he is adult ask him, which is what all parents should do. Now grant it they say it is because they don't want to deal with it but talk about independence why are you treating my kid like a child he is an adult talk to him. So this guy is talking to the other pharisees and saying I don't know what he is but he healed me, they dont like this so they send him away. Jesus in the story seems to say you see things others don't welcome to the team. It seems that Jesus along with sight gave independence. So in someways you still see these roots of disability in this wierd way.
So that was what I was thinking during mass tonight.... I still wince but whatever it was an interesting thing to think about.