The Virgin Mary and a battered onion ring

Virgin Mary and an order of onion rings

John 9 v35-41

“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”


Some will see their role in life is to excommunicate people (v35) and some will simply sit there, do nothing and become offended with those that are having a go (v40), but the Church needs to do what Jesus did. Jesus found the man (v35). We need to also search until we find the men and women that may have had encounters with God but are needing spiritual breakthroughs into knowing Him.

He called out, “Lord, I believe! (I rely on, I trust, I cleave to you!)” And he worshipped Him.

Many people are looking for proof before they believe.

In August 2017 a man called Jim, 48, spotted the Virgin Mary jutting out of the his onion rings as he prepared to tuck into his Weatherspoon’s pub meal with his girlfriend and two pals. The eerie lump of batter appeared to wear a veil and robes — which he instantly recognised as the garments of Mary. Jim, of Falkirk, said: “I couldn’t believe it. I’d ordered some drinks and a burger with half a dozen onion rings and among them was this. It looks like something out of a nativity play. I’ve seen this in the papers on toast before, but never this.”

“I’m not a religious man but I might have seen the light now.”

We go searching and we find those that need Christ. But what will it take for them to truly believe? An order of onion rings?!

It will take more than words, it will take their worship and that is going to cost them more than a pub meal, it will cost everything.

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