Are we surprised when God acts in miraculous ways in our lives, or the lives of our families and friends? Or do we expect that blessings of God are ours as a matter of right because of our faith in him? This is precisely the meaning of today’s gospel passage, in which Jesus opens the eyes of two blind men.
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
When he entered the house,
the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened.
Isn’t it interesting that before deciding to heal these two men, Jesus asked them whether they believed that he could do it. Jesus understood that it is one thing to hope that it is possible to receive a miracle, and that is is another thing to believe that the miracle can and will be done. The blind men in the gospel were healed because their faith was so strong that they had an expectation that the arrival of Jesus meant that they would be truly healed.
Are we as open in faith as these two men? This gospel is an example of what having faith really means. Those with faith know that Jesus can heal them if it is his will to do so. Will the arrival of Jesus in our own lives mean that we, too, will be truly healed?
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.