1. These two men were blind but they had the inner vision of faith. Faith is more precious than sight; it perceives the things unseen, the eternal verities of the spiritual world.
2. Jesus passed on in silence, absorbed, it seemed in holy meditation. He seemed not to hear them. He entered the house. Blind though they were, they found the way, they came to him into the house. Their perseverance is a lesson for all of us.
3. He touched their eyes and healed them, the touch was to heal them only if their faith was real; ‘according to your faith be it unto you’.
4. Jesus does not want them to publicize the cure. Although his compassion led him to cure the disabled he preached fundamentally to cure souls and offer spiritual healing. He wanted people to be impressed with spiritual healing not merely awestruck by wonders and miracles.
5. Remember the child who was scared at night? The mother comforts the child by saying ‘Don’t worry God is with you’. We like to shake hands; we like to hug and kiss, to fondle babies, to get a backrub, simply to be held when we are in grief. The touch of skin on skin can be degrading and sinful or it can be elevating and chaste, uplifting and affirming. Jesus’ touch is elevating, chaste, uplifting and affirming.
We often see people flocking to the Churches, Temples, Mosques to receive some favours from the Almighty. The faith with which some of the people who are in need come to the Churches is quite impressive. People are ready to do any amount of penance to obtain favour from God. But what happens once their prayers are heard. Quite a few times people become ungrateful to the Lord. As long as the blind men wanted favour from Jesus they did not mind any obstacle, they displayed a splendid faith. But after receiving the favour, they clearly disobey the Lord. Jesus asks them to keep everything as a secret but the contrary takes place. Does it not resonate with our attitude as well? ‘Obedience is better than Sacrifice’
Introduction to New Testament – Raymond Brown
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