for Epiphany season: Jesus giving sight to us who are blind

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Matthew 20:29-34

According to scripture, we are all blind as far as the light of God and of God’s will is concerned. We can’t not only see straight; we can’t see at all, blinded by our sin, as well as limited in our creaturely perspective. By God’s grace, we can receive glimpses of this light, by which we are to live even beginning now, the eternal life of the new creation in Jesus.

The above account in scripture is one instance of many when Jesus opened the eyes of the blind. Such are signs of what God wants to do, which while certainly including the physical side, gives us, as it gave them, a new awareness and insight spiritually. And through that light, like the previously blind men of old, we seek to follow.

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