John 9 in Early Church Liturgy

I am not quite sure of Ridderbos’ sacramental theology, yet in his commentary on John he remarks that the early church viewed John 9 as highly sacramental. He writes that the narrative of the blind man in the Pool of Siloam played an important role in the early church’s practice of baptism. To be clear, Ridderbos is a bit skeptical about its liturgical use, but affirms the role this account played in developing early church baptismal and liturgical practices.

 

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One response to “John 9 in Early Church Liturgy

  1. The fact that the man was born blind was of great importance to the fathers. His blindness was “natural” in a sense, although it was not the result of his parent’s sin (a difficult teaching to reconcile with any doctrine of original sin). Some of the Fathers suggested that this blind man was typical of all men. All men are born blind and in need of illumination such that they can finally receive the Beatific Vision, and yet this blindness is not the result of a sin.

    Other blind men were typical as well. The blind men in St. Matthew’s who hear of Christ but cannot see Him are understood to be typical of all those who would come to faith in Christ after He returned to the Father. Like those blind men, we hear of Christ, but do not see Him.

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