(From the Pentecostarion, Sunday May 25) we learn of a man who was born blind from birth who is looking for answers. Was it something he had done, or maybe his parents-- "Or am I a living sign of the people's faithlessness?" Whatever the reason, we see that his "feet can no longer endure tripping on the stones." Blindness must be a terrible thing. But without faith, can you have hope?
Sometimes children ask questions over and over like, when is daddy coming home? It seems they have an inner clock and they can sense even without wearing a watch, what time it is. But, certainly the answer must be when he comes home. Like the children, the blind man waited and waited. Until he couldn't wait anymore, as he could "no longer endure."
The words of the blind man "people's faithlessness" certainly rings a bell. Why is it because they lack faith? Not having had proper direction, can one be anything other than blind? Spiritual blindness is worse than being physically blind. The blind man waits and hopes for light, the spiritual blind thinks he's already enlightened. The blind man calls upon Christ God, "look upon me and have mercy on me!" Why would the spiritually blind need to cry out? He thinks there is no God. He can do all things on his own. He's all set, doesn't need anyone. Maybe, you say you don't need religion. Is this by your choice? Maybe, you have NOT been taught the truth and your walking down a blind path, unknowingly. Or worse, apathy has set in and its excuse after excuse. Maybe you have a little faith, just enough.
The blind man says, "He is truly the Christ, the Messiah Whom Moses foretold in the Law. He is the Savior of our souls!" Could there be any doubt that this man, had received a true healing, both physical and spiritual?
None of us are perfect, and we are given direction by "the" Church which leads us away from spiritual darkness, into the light. This faithless generation is filled with much darkness, unable to see the light, being blinded by so much deception. There will be consequences.
We should be more like the blind man who revealed: "I am not content to continue asking whether it is night or day."
It was interesting what his neighbors had to say. "His neighbors asked him: "Who opened your eyes, which no one could heal before?"
The Church is there to reveal Jesus to you. Come and see. Come and be changed!
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