Hi all, I watched the early service of Trinity Church (TEC) on Wall Street. It was well done. The woman leading the service had a good homily, and I was very impressed. This always gives this Episcopalian a surge of hope. But after the service was over, the video continued to stream, which I thought was odd. The woman came back out and made an announcement about Christ's comments regarding 'the blind leading the blind'. She described Christ's words as 'ableist' and apologized for him saying that. She felt it necessary to assuage people's hurt feelings about what he said, explaining that these comments were made at a different time, place, and culture than our own where there were different sensitivities and standards. She explained that he was speaking about spiritual blindness rather than physical blindness. And she offered empathy to those offended by the percieved insensitivity of the Scriptures. She assured the folks there that blind people were just as loved by God, Christ, and the Church as any other child of God. Then she went a bridge to far, and began to re-interpret the meaning of the passage, claiming that the blind leading the blind is actually a good thing. She recounted that having spoken to a number of blind folks, it is a terrifying experience for them to be led by the sighted but that when another blind person guides them they are much more intuitive to what is needed. That may well be true and may make the passage more palatable to our modern standards but it is no longer scriptural. Christ had a meaning for that passage. We do no one any favors by ignoring that meaning and replacing it with another. What are your thoughts?