“And Jesus passing by, saw a man, who was blind from his birth: And his disciples asked him: Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind?” Jn. ix, 1-2
“Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” Jn. ix, 3
This morning, Christ’s words have rung true yet again, this time at Dulles International Airport, in Washington, D.C., when Hiwot Tesfagiorgis Yohannis landed after a 17+ hour flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Plainly this was the accomplishment of The Good God. How otherwise to explain, let alone account for, a sick farm girl from a remote village in a mountainous region almost 800 miles from Addis Ababa crossing her locked-down country, then crossing continents and oceans to land in far-away America during a pandemic — when the rest of the world is cowering at home afraid to cross the street … or their neighbor?
And as if to put icing on the cake, God ushered Hiwot through customs in under 30 minutes when most travelers entering the U.S. are detained for hours and hours, if not longer during screening these days.
The only words spoken to her in customs were, “Welcome to the United States. Enjoy your visit.”
All glory be to God for this marvel!
Te Deum! Non nobis, Domine, non nobis. Sed tua da gloriam!
Next stop for Hiwot: Columbus, Ohio — where she will undergo the specialized bowel surgery before too long, please God, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.