A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 9:27-31
27 As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!”
28 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.
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
30 And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”
31 But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
Reflection: Spreading the Good News
The gospel reading above shows the authority of Jesus to give sight to the blind. It is similar to the story of Bartimaeus but in this episode, there are two blind people and after they were healed, Jesus warned them not to spread the word.
Jesus did not heal the blind men on the road. He waited until they entered the house. It means He healed them in private and He wanted it that way for He ordered them not to tell anyone. The reading says that Jesus touched their eyes. Sometimes an act of compassion needs to be done in private.
The healing of the blind men took place early in the public ministry of Jesus. Like what He told Peter not to tell anyone that He was the messiah, Jesus did not want many people to know about it because His hour has not yet come. When the blind men called Him the son of David, it means they believed that Jesus is the heir to the throne of King David. That is to say, they believed that Jesus is the Messiah.
The two men were blind so they have not seen Jesus before but either somebody told them about Him and His miraculous powers or they must have unintentionally heard from people talking about Him. Nevertheless, they sought out Jesus and cried out to Him publicly. They believed that He is the Son of David who has the power to grant them sight and they got their wish according to their faith.
Blindness is not just physical. It is more of a spiritual condition. It means that though we may see physically, we don’t actually see the real thing, the truth about God for example. It means therefore that in many ways we too are blind. Let us cry out to Jesus to have pity on us and to give us sight.
Jesus had already suffered, died and rose again. That is no longer a secret and therefore there is absolutely no need for us to keep secret the marvelous things that He has done in our life. Let us freely spread the word. Let us tell everybody the Good News of our salvation.