Mk 10:46-52 Recalling God’s Work
Why did Jesus heal the blind man? Why, in front of a sizable crowd, did the Lord stop speaking and call this man over to him? Of course, the most practical answer would be so that he would stop shouting, disrupting the Lord’s speech. But, there is a more profound reason: The Lord knows that one cure will open the eyes of many. In the eyes of the Lord, all the people are blind to the knowledge and the truth of who they are and who He is. Jesus heals the physically ill so as to communicate, by means of his words and miracles, the amazing spiritual healing he wishes to give to all.
“I am the light of the World; whoever follows me will have the light of life”
The blind man begins to see more than any other. He doesn’t just regain his sight. He doesn’t just go back to 20/20 vision. He uses his sight and begins to discover all that is, penetrating deeper than any other, into the marvelous beauty of the mysteries of God. He experiences the Lord’s presence, living it through and through, focusing sharper than any creature on His continence. He does not see as we see, he sees much deeper.
I am a firm believer that the poorest of the poor experience God’s love more than any of us; they live by it on a daily basis, it is their daily bread. Whereas, the vast majority of us, who are living under a man-made atmosphere of artificial lights, sounds, heating and cooling, etc. soon forget the sun and the moon, the cool waves and breeze; the sounds and sights of God’s amazing creation.
We may be blinded by our past, our sins or by disordered desires. God's grace means to regain our sight and never take anything for granted.As soon as the blind man could see, he took it all in, everything as if it were for the first time. He was homeward bound.
“Now I will recall God’s works; what I have seen, I will describe.”
Working with teenagers is tough, very tough. It is exhausting. Moms and dads are all too familiar with this. Their children have eyes and do not see; ears and do not hear. You just want to grab them by the shoulders and help them to see. The worst are the rich ones. Of course our pride rushes to associate wealth with intelligence. That is not true at all. The wealthy young do not see God or the reason to believe in God because they have not lived, and they have not lived because they have not sacrificed. It would appear to be a no win situation: I do not want them to go out and stumble. And yet, I want them to grow and mature! Parents must act like the Lord. Seek the opportunities to open your children’s eyes. Seek the means to help them penetrate deeper their thoughts, their words and their actions. Help them to recall God’s works. What you have seen, describe it to them. Turn their world upside down and right-side up. Help them to see the ingratitude that plagues our world and the lack of love that surrounds our ever smaller planet!
Kindergarten children get it! They instinctively live it! They are filled with a sense of wonder! They have made the connection. They have eyes and see everything; ears and hear everything! But the greatest connection they have made is Christ and Light; the Son of God and the Sun. As soon as a man or a woman dedicated to serving God and neighbor walks in, he or she is inundated with a massive flood of love, hugs and smiles. This is a glimpse of what God’s children should look like, regardless of age. This is how we should all greet each other: arms wide open, imitating the Son and quickly working their way inward, encircling the other and imitating the sun; giving warmth to all who are around. The child-like recall in a simple and beautiful way God’s amazing work of Creation and Redemption.