“Have sight, your faith has saved you.” (Luke 18:41-42)


“Jesus asked him (the blind man), “What do you want me to do for you? He replied, “Lord, please let me see.
Jesus told him : “Have sight, your faith has saved you.”
(Luke 18:41-42)

Indeed, the loss of sight is a terrible malady for anyone to endure.  Those of us who have good vision value it. To be blind would be to live in darkness and not be as able to know our surroundings and negotiate turns. True, modern science and its discoveries help a person do things :a walking stick to be mobile or Braille in order to read. Determination is what is needed for such a person to progress.

The Gospel begins with a blind man sitting by the roadside. He was begging while sitting there.  The blind man hears a crowd going by and he wonders what was going on. He was told: “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”  The blind man begins to shout out: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”

The blind man believed that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah. For one of the Messianic titles was “Son of David.” The blind man heard of the healing powers that the Lord had and so he begs Jesus to have mercy on him.  He heard of what a compassionate Lord Jesus was, caring about the lowly and wanting to make the person whole – to heal the person of one’s malady.

Here as elsewhere, Jesus seeks out the person and asks that the blind man be brought to Him so as to heal him.  Jesus asks him what it was that the blind man was seeking.  The blind man politely requests that he be able to see.  Here as elsewhere, Jesus indicates the important and necessary role of having faith.  The Lord states unequivocally that it was the blind man’s faith that saved him, gave him sight.

The blind man receives his sight and becomes a follower of Christ.  The blind man who was cured then begins to give praise to God.  And the response from the crowd was a proper one. They too give praise to God.

Once again, let us note that physical blindness is indeed a terrible malady.  But even worse than physical blindness is spiritual blindness.  Not recognizing there is a God and that Jesus is Our Lord and Savior impairs our spiritual vision.  Not recognizing right from wrong leads one stray and away from the path to Heaven. Having the faith and living the faith gives one a proper spiritual vision and perspective on earthly life. We men and women of faith know that God is Our Heavenly Father and that we all are children of God created in His image and likeness. We who are baptized are no longer children of natural descent, but are members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.  Furthermore we are heirs to the Heavenly Kingdom if we remain faithful to Christ and His Gospel message of Absolute Love and Truth.

 Rev. D. George Worschak


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