The Benefits of Blindness

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
"Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!"
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me!"
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
"What do you want me to do for you?"
He replied, "Lord, please let me see."
Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you."
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God. - Luke 18:35-43

Did you notice that Jesus asks, "What do you want me to do for you?"  You almost want to nudge our Lord, and say, "Psst!  Dude, he's blind and he wants to see!"

What I think we miss in today's Gospel, is that the blind man already "sees" Jesus, so his physical impairment is an afterthought.

We turn a "blind eye" to a lot of things in society.  We pass the homeless in the street.  Or closer to home, we look the other way within our own families when something is going on and we don't want to acknowledge it.

Or maybe we don't want to hurt someone's feelings, so we keep our thoughts to ourselves to keep peace.

In the case of the blind man in today's Gospel, his blindness was a benefit.  He saw Jesus as he truly was and having his physical eyesight restored was an added bonus.

How's your eyesight today?

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