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The blind man could not see. That is a fact. Yet, he warns to me that even if he could sense or see with his being, he could not see with his eyes, but he could sense with his heart. That is why he immediately felt the disgust of the crowd. That is why he immediately felt the accepting attitude of Jesus. When God takes away our physical sight, experience teaches us that our other senses are sharpened. Such was the case of the blind man. He could not see with his eyes, but he could sense and see with the heart.
On the other hand, the crowd around Jesus, the Apostles following the Lord, could see, but they did not like to look. They were playing blind. They did not even like to set their eyes on the blind man asking for help. That is the sad reality. You and I sometimes catch ourselves with a street child, begging for food and money, and we say to ourselves, “Oh, these beggars are run by syndicates.” We rationalize that their parents abuse them, so we end up not giving them money.
But whoever told us that we are going to be diminished? Whoever said that the poor will be spoiled if we just glance at them with kindness in our eyes or give them a simple look of concern, charity, and compassion.
Who are the people we do not like to see? Who are the people we play blind to? There are so many people we put in this category. Let me tell you that talking with them, looking at them, and seeing with the heart has never caused anybody to be spoiled or destroyed. God gave us eyes so that we can see. God gave us a heart so that we can see better. Let us use them all the time.