The Lord: “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

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The Lord: “Do you believe that I can do this (heal) you)?

The two blind men: “Yes, Lord.”

The Lord: “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

The Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost relates to us the cure of two blind men.  The two blind men see Jesus walking by and they call out: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on us!”  They heard others speak about the Lord’s teaching and miraculous power from others who had witnessed the love and compassion of the Lord to the lowly, to those in need. The blind men refer to Jesus as the “Son of David,” a Messianic title. The two men have faith that the Lord will be compassionate and heal them. Once we acknowledge Jesus as Lord and have faith, great and wondrous things can occur.

Physical blindness is indeed a very serious handicap, which can limit one’s perception of reality, of people and objects in close proximity or afar.  Scientific technology and recent developments have helped people cope and manage this illness.  There are challenging daily experiences that a physically blind person must face.  Service dogs, canes, braille are just some of the necessary assistance given today to the legally blind.

Physical blindness is very debilitating.  The Lord Himself notes how important it is for the eye to be healthy.  “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” (Matthew 6:22-23)

To be physically blind is indeed a cross for the handicap person to bear.  But there is an even more debilitating illness – to be spiritually blind or have spiritually impaired vision.  Just as we need good eyesight to get around and manage our everyday chores, so too with spiritual vision we need to view our everyday occurrences with the eyes of Faith. A good and proper spiritual vision enables us to distinguish/discern moral goodness from evil, which can even appear disguised as a “good” for a particular person or group/community.  But a person such as that often is not altruistic in his/her personal motives.

What will help us attain a good and proper spiritual vision or focus on life?  The Word of God (Sacred Scripture) and the Holy Spirit are the two main aids we employ in developing a good and heathy spiritual perspective on life.  One’s faith in the Lord God provides the fertile soil for such a spiritual vision. Our Christian faith must be steadfast and constant.  We are called to persevere through prayer and patient endurance.  We take note of the physical and spiritual needs of our brethren and we out of compassion and love for the Lord God and for one’s neighbor without any distinction perform the charitable works of mercy.  Remember, if you did it for the least of the brethren, you did it for Christ and Christ will deem such persons worthy of entering the Heavenly Kingdom.

May the Lord God, the Physician of body and soul, open our eyes to truth and goodness – in order to heal us, transform us, guide us and keep us on the path to His eternal Kingdom of Heaven.

Rev. D. George Worschak

 

 

 

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