The Orthodox Study Bible (John 9:40-41), Answers the question of why you are blind.
"Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, "Are we blind also?" (41) Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains."
Some people, at the time of Jesus, saw and heard Him, yet did not believe. Until He opened the eyes of their "heart". The blind man, receiving sight from Jesus, also was enlightened, and his heart was changed.
You cannot worship or glorify God if you are spiritually blind. The light of Christ illumines all "who were once blind." There are two types of blindness.
Recently, during a homily it was said that "sin was responsible for blindness." The man born blind learned to cope with the physical ailment. It has to be much harder to have your sight and then lose it.
We all focus on the physical, but in the end we see that he worshiped Jesus as the Son of God, and was thrown out of the temple, having had his "heart" put right. (John 9:1-38) Saying, "Lord, I believe" having received both physical and spiritual healing.
Everyone in the bible is picked for a certain purpose. Did the blind beggar come into this world so that the Lord in healing "the man born blind," would teach us the lesson of true blindness? Or, perhaps it was to give us a view of the Pharisees who were determined to charge Jesus as not being from God "for he does not keep the Sabbath." "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" Since the beginning of time, no one has been healed from blindness, which caused division among them. This is truly the example of spiritual "blindness."
(Matthew 15:14), Jesus answers that question for us. "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch." This leads you to question of who are you following?
I find myself lucky to have been born into a Christian family who believed in Baptism where we receive the light and are made "new creatures." That my friends, is the only wealth that there is on this side of the fence, having put on Christ. Many young people are choosing not to have their children baptized. They are from Christian homes. What has happened to your faith? Have you been exposed to the "blind leaders" of this world?
Several days before Sunday, and the reading of the account of the blind man, (John 9: 1-38,) I received a call from my brother. Unexpectedly, he told me that he was now "legally blind." Yesterday, he fell down, leaving a meeting he attended, stumbling.
We are all stumbling through life. If we choose to live in darkness, we will have no hope. We can choose to have the Light. Just think about the blind man, who having no sight walked away with every good thing.
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