Seeing, Believing, Persevering

Matthew 9:27-31
Isa 29: 17-24 / Psa 27

Let it be done for you according to your faith.
(Matthew 9:29)

Lord, in our sins we grope in the dark;
Help us as we strive to believe.
Grant us the grace to “see” with our heart
What our eyes may fail to perceive.

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He had gone indoors, the blind men approached Him, and He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then He touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about Him all over that region. (Matthew 9:27-31)

Reflection

News of the synagogue official’s daughter being raised from the dead must have reached the ears of the two blind men, who obviously did not know who Jesus was. But if this Man from Nazareth could raise the dead back to life, surely He must be the promised Messiah, and their only hope to be able to see once again. The commotion of a large crowd of people coming their way alerted them that their Savior was near, and they cried out to Jesus for help. Groping their way through the crowd, they followed Him until they caught up with Him inside a house. A simple question, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”, and a simple answer, “Yes, Lord”, and their sight was restored. Their faith had made them see.

How different it was with many of those who had been following Jesus, who had witnessed with their own eyes the miracles He had performed, and yet still asked our Lord for a sign to prove that he was really the Messiah. He even chastised His own apostle, Thomas, who had doubted His resurrection, telling him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).

The two blind men perceived what they could not see, and received because they believed and persevered. How many times in the Gospel did Jesus emphasize the importance of perseverance in asking God for our needs. Even the gentile woman, who was not a member of “the lost sheep of Israel” had her prayer request granted because of her perseverance and great faith (Mt.15:22-28). As Jesus assures us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Mt.7:7).

Those who lack faith, or don’t persevere in prayer to increase their faith are the ones who are truly blind. Before we encountered our Lord Jesus Christ, we were content to live in the dark, carousing and enjoying the night life. But as the prophet Isaiah intoned in today’s first reading, “On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see” (Isa.29:18). By His grace, one day we heard God’s words in the Bible; and His wisdom in Scriptures enlightened us, enabling us to see Who Jesus Christ really is in our life. And now that He has freed us from the bondage of our ignorance, we have come to see it our duty to share His Good News of salvation to others.

Dear God, we have come to realize how blind and foolish we were before because we could not let go of our attachments to earthly pleasures. But now that our Lord Jesus has made us see the Way, the Truth and the Life, we implore You to help us to persevere in faith, keep our path away from the lures of worldly desires, so that we may be able to pursue His legacy in serving others, and sharing the Good News of the Gospel. Amen.

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