I Was Blind, But Now I See

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
"Son of David, have pity on us!" 
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. 
Then he touched their eyes and said,
"Let it be done for you according to your faith." 
And their eyes were opened. 
Jesus warned them sternly,
"See that no one knows about this." 
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. - Matthew 9:27-31

The blind men in today's Gospel had more then their eyes opened.  Their faith was opened as well.  What I'm curious about is why did Jesus warn them "sternly" not to tell anyone?  Not that it stopped them.

Perhaps Our Lord knew His time was short.  He knew that as word got out about the miracles he performed those acts would only hasten the inevitable.  Or maybe he knew that as soon as you tell someone, "Don't tell anyone!," the news would spread faster and that's what He wanted, in order to heal as many as possible before His death.

Maybe St. Ambrose had it figured out:

"But a very little while," and a change we could never imagine will happen.  The lowly will find joy and the poor will rejoice.  Why?  Because of a Presence that even a blind man can sense ... because it is the Presence we have been waiting for all our life.  "Have pity on us!"  "The Lord Jesus took compassion on us in order that he might call us to himself and not scare us away.  He comes as someone gentile, someone humble.


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