There is a puzzling aspect of today’s gospel passage from Matthew that might not have occurred to some of us. Specifically, how did these two blind men know that Jesus was passing by them? The answer is pretty simple when you think about it. These two men were aided by others who helped to bring them into the presence of Jesus. Isn’t that the story of faith? Aren’t all of us led to Jesus by someone in our lives? All we need is a little help from our friends.
But there is more to the story, isn’t there? Being led to Jesus isn’t enough. Like the two blind men, we can be healed only if we ask the Lord to heal us.
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.
Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
All of us need healing is some aspect of our lives. Will we ask Jesus to heal us or will we convince ourselves that we can get along without the Lord? I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried to do it my way and it never really worked out very well. Maybe you have had the same experience.
Are you ready to cry out to Jesus?