“29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” 32 Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.” NRSV
Blindness takes two general forms. There are those who can’t see and there are those who won’t see.
The gospel writers address both forms of blindness. The divinity of Jesus has the power to heal those who can’t see, restoring their sight. The gospel writers leave no doubt about Jesus’ divine power to heal.
The gospel writers also report the almost comical way the disciples fail to see God’s redemptive purpose in Jesus. No matter what Jesus says or does they just won’t see.
The accounts of Jesus’ restoring sight to the blind are always nested within the accounts of the disciples own blindness.
These gospel accounts are not just directed toward the disciples. We all have the things in life we refuse to see. They are speaking to everyone who chooses to follow Jesus.
The deeper into the heart, mind, and spirit of Jesus we allow ourselves to go, the greater our ability to see the world with his 20/20 vision. That may be why most people, like the disciples, want to ooh and aah at the miracle stories, stop the journey there, and pretend they know all there is know about Jesus, not because we can’t know more, but because we won’t.
I have seen no evidence of this among the people at HCC. We are drawn to the deeper journey into the heart, mind, and spirit of Jesus, thanks be to God!
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