In Matthew 20: 29–34 Jesus heals two blind men. He asks them, “What do you want me to do for you?” They say to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” It’s a slightly odd way of expressing it, “Let our eyes be opened.” We use a similar phrase today, “Open your eyes” and it mostly means, “You need to change your perspective” or “You need to look at this situation differently.”
The interesting thing about miracles in the Gospels is that they always, without exception, have a specific reason for being there. Because Jesus was so spiritual, so in touch with the divine energy of God, he was able to let that energy flow through him and become a source of healing for other people. I’ve heard of three of cases of physical healing, when I’ve directly known the person involved and believed their story. In 2 of the 3 cases, the person had a feeling of energy and warmth, right before they were healed. A older priest friend of mine was completely healed of the arthritis in her hands. She had a feeling of warmth and energy in her hands and the arthritis was gone. Interestingly, it happened when she was heading off to say prayers for another friend of hers who was sick.
The thing about Jesus, though, was that the miracles always occurred when he was trying to teach the people something and they weren’t getting it. The miracles have a specific reason for being there. This miracle of healing the two blind people occurs right after he’s tried to teach the disciples about being servant leaders, and to value serving others over having power or accumulating wealth. But because the disciples are not always that smart, they don’t get it. In fact, right after Jesus has taught them that money and power are not important, but that being generous is really important, and that he would have to serve others by dying on the cross, the disciples get into a massive fight about who’s 2nd in charge after Jesus.
Then this miracle of healing the blind men occurs, as if Jesus is saying, “You disciples are so thick, that I’m going to perform a healing miracle, because that’s the only way you will get it. These blind men can now see, but you are the ones who need to open your eyes. You are the ones who need a new perspective on life.”
If we want to grow spiritually and emotionally, it’s critical to get a new perspective on life, to look at the world in a new way, and to see what is really important in life.
It is also harder than it sounds sometimes. We become so fixed in our way of viewing the world, that only a crisis, or perhaps a miracle, can change our point of view.
The Reverend Dr Theo McCall