Living Outside the Box

Scripture Reading

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“Son of David, have pity on us!” 
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. 
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.” 
And their eyes were opened. 
Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.” 
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
(Matthew 9:27-31)

Scripture Study

9:27–31 Next, two blind men seek Jesus. People who were blind suffered economic and social hardship, and their condition was sometimes considered punishment for wrongdoing. They call Jesus Son of David—the first time someone addresses him with this royal title that has messianic overtones (see comment on 1:1). “Son of David” also brings to mind David’s heir, King Solomon, who was known in Jewish tradition as a great healer and exorcist. The blind men enter the house, which was Peter’s in Capernaum (see 8:14; 9:1), and in response to their faith Jesus touched their eyes and their eyes were opened. He warned them (to no avail) not to tell anyone about this miracle, in order to avoid sparking popular expectations about a political and nationalistic messiah, which the title “Son of David” might have suggested.[1]

Scripture Reflection

Today’s Gospel passage celebrates the faith of two blind men. To have faith is—to use the current jargon—to live outside of the box, risking, venturing, believing the impossible. When we remain in the narrow confines of our perceptions, our thoughts, or our hopes, we live in a very cramped way. We become closed off to the possibility that sometimes, the power of faith is manifested in spectacular and immediately obvious ways. When someone consciously and confidently opens himself to God, acting as a kind of conduit, the divine energy can flow.

Faith allows someone to live in detachment from all of the ups and downs of life. In the language of St. Ignatius of Loyola: “Lord, I don’t care whether I have a long life or a short life, whether I am rich or poor, whether I am healthy or sick.” Someone that lives in that kind of detachment is free, and because they are free, they are powerful. They are beyond the threats that arise in the context of this world. This is the source of dynamis, of real power.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 




[1] Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, The Gospel of Matthew, Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010), 137.