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THE BLIND MAN

The story of a man who was blind but who could see better than many who see; for without a guide nor sight, he strove to go to Christ, even if he was rebuked by the very disciples who surrounded Christ.     

This is the sign of an enduring soul. . .by the very things that hinder, it is borne up.  But Christ allowed His own disciples to rebuke the blind man so that his virtue of earnestness might the more appear and, therefore, the reason for his cure be shown to be deserving.  Because of the blind man's earnestness, Christ did not ask him, "Do you believe?" for his cry and his coming to him was already a manifestation of faith.  

Even if we are the vilest of men but if we approach God with earnestness, even merely by ourselves, we shall effect whatsoever we ask.  The blind man had no apostle to plead for him but rather apostles to silence him; he had no guileless life to show. . .he only had earnestness.  

Even if God defers the gift, even if many are preventing us, let us not desist from asking.  It is in this earnestness that we shall win to see God.  Look at the blind man; neither poverty, nor blindness, nor being rebuked, nor anything else impeded his earnestness.  Such is the nature of a fervent and toiling soul.  

In Scriptures, it is usual for Christ first to make manifest the virtue of those He is healing, and then apply the cure.  This way, He shows that the gift was received worthily.  This He first did to the Canaanite woman, the centurion and the woman with the issue of blood.  

Christ always took care to proclaim the virtue of the person that came to Him.  This alone is the reason for their cure.  Yes, a cure is an act of mercy and grace; but both seek the worthy.  

Was the blind man worthy?  Yes, firstly, in that he was earnest and, secondly, from the fact that when he had received the gift, he did not hasten away as many do, being ungrateful after the benefits.  He was persevering before the gift and grateful after the gift, for Scriptures has it, ". . .he followed Him."

St. John Chrysostom

 

 

 

 

 

(02-01-05)

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