1 Samuel 16.1–13
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.—C. S. Lewis
In the readings we heard today from 1 Samuel and the Gospel of John, we find one striking similarity: people are talked about as if they are not there. Instead of speaking to them, people act as though they are somehow invisible.
The disciples talk about the man born blind:
Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?
His neighbours talk about him:
Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?
Finally, he speaks himself:
I am the man.
It reminds me of that line in the film The Elephant Man, where he has had enough of being treated like an object of fear and pity:
I AM A MAN!!!