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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Responding to the Blind

"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." Mt 8 28-29

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God speaks of helping the blind to see. Isaiah promises, even when the Jewish people are in exile, that they will see their homeland again and Jesus, after asking two blind men whether they believe he can help them see, cures them. But we need to be careful when reading these passages.

Jesus is asking the blind men and us bigger questions. He is not simply willing to restore their sight, he wants them and us to promise that we will treasure the gift of sight and use it to be present to and help others. Seeing is a much more demanding duty than looking around and going back to our daily tasks. It demands engagement. When we see the earth being abused or people not eating, our eyes are telling us to act and if we do not accept this Gospel challenge then we are not really seeing at all.

Today, ask God to open your eyes to life as it is and as it unfolds for all God's people.

Who has challenged you not simply to notice or look upon the needy, but to reach out and help them personally and structurally? 

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