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Lent 2011

As Our Bodies, So Our Spirits

Day 29

By Deaconess Liwliwa Robledo, Logan, Colo.

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith let it be done to you." And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, "See that no one knows of this." But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district. After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, "Never has anything like this been seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons."

—Matthew 9:27-34

The scripture today tells of the healing ministry of Jesus. One thing that stood out in this episode was that the blind persons were not named. Nevertheless, these unnamed blind persons went to Jesus for one reason: to see. But Jesus wanted them to affirm their belief by asking one question before laying his hands on them: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said, “Yes, Lord!” He thus laid his hands over their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you,” and they were no longer blind. Despite being asked by Jesus to keep the secret, they could not keep it to themselves and shared the news with whoever wanted to listen. And like a wildfire, the news spread fast and invited others to seek Jesus.

God of second chances, thank you for not giving up on us.

What stood out from this encounter?

Sightlessness left these two men haunted by discrimination and taunts. Their spirits were parched by lack of care and they were placed at the lowest rung of community life. Their suffering resulted in the poverty of the spirit.

To hear news about the power of Jesus must have given them a rustle of hope, a breath of new life. Their dried spirit received a life-giving refreshing shower and they were revived. Can it be that this was the moment they had been waiting for and hoping for? Was this the season that could fill their hunger for acceptance? Forgetting their inhibitions, feelings of inferiority and powerlessness, they gathered enough courage and strength and approached Jesus and sought his mercy.

To believe what one would like to happen will happen. This was what Jesus assured them. They grasped at the opportunity. They did believe. Freed and released from bondage, they were free! The quality of their life had changed and their relationships with family and friends restored.

One cannot hide this life-transforming event. It must be shared! One becomes bold to proclaim the power of Jesus. The joy cannot be contained or it will burst. They had become witnesses, proclaiming the good news, and they shared so that others will believe. They were among the first witnesses of Jesus!

Recently I taught a class in religion in a Christian school. I had a teenage student who at the beginning had social problems and had challenges coping with expectation in school. It was evident that he needed some healing to restore who he really was as a child of God. At the end of the semester, I asked for a faith statement from each of my students. He wrote a brief but powerful statement of his belief and transformation. He finally recognized and affirmed God in his life: “I felt my faith grow more every day,” he wrote. The spiritual healing has transformed his relationship with others. “I even pray for my enemies,” was a statement of forgiveness and love. He ended by saying, “I feel confident that I will stay growing in my faith throughout my life.”

In this season of Lent, it is a time of reflection and review of our journey of faith. What emotional and spiritual blindness has come to your life? What has scarred you? What transformation has taken place as a result of believing in Jesus’ power to heal your hurts?

Prayer

God of second chances, thank you for not giving up on us. May we continue to seek you, your peace and comforting love in our journey throughout our life. Amen.

Last Updated: 04/05/2014
 
 

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