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. John 9:1-3
He was born prematurely.
He had a stroke.
He had to have a shunt in his head.
At the age of three his parents brought him to Pre-K, where my wife is a teacher’s aide.
He couldn’t walk but pulled himself along on a little scooter.
He couldn’t speak English.
He couldn’t climb steps.
He couldn’t move one side of his body.
He couldn’t hold anything.
He often had seizures.
He couldn’t use the toilet.
He couldn’t play on the swings.
He couldn’t move forward to kindergarten for three years.
He couldn’t ride the “normal” bus with the rest of the kids.
There were so many things Eriberto could not do.
Let me tell you what he did do!
Last Friday night I watched him stand.
Last Friday night I watched him sit with 39 others.
Last Friday night I watched him walk unassisted across the floor.
Last Friday night I watched him refuse assistance as he walked up the steps.
Last Friday night I watched him walk across a stage.
Last Friday night I watched him graduate from San Augustine High School.
Last Friday night I watched him get a standing ovation from every one of his classmates.
Many people ask the question of why someone is born this way or why God allows this to happen or that to happen.
Jesus said, “That the works of God should be revealed!”
Eriberto’s life says to all of us – if I can… you can!
He never felt sorry for himself but kept striving and working to moved forward.
Why was Eriberto born this way? To push you out of your pity party and encourage you to get up, take another step, and move forward.
If he can, you can!