WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE
I recently had my eyes tested. There was a slight deterioration but no significant change. The experience reminded me of the blind man at Bethsaida whose sight was restored by Jesus.
Jesus had spat on the man’s eyes and then asked him if he could see anything. The man replied he could see people and they looked like trees. So Jesus put his hands over the blind man’s eyes again and his sight was completely restored. He could now see everything clearly.
“What can you see?” is a question pilgrims often ask of each other at Medjugorje, and mostly at times when they stare at the spinning sun phenomenon, shielding their eyes from its glare. The question usually prompts answers like, “I can see the Host” or “I can see angels” or “I can see Jesus (or Mary)” or “I can see a heart.” Some will admit to seeing nothing out of the ordinary.
Then there are the countless photographs taken by pilgrims and the same question is repeated: “Can you see anything?” “I can see this”, or “I can see that”. Some will see people when others will only see what look like trees or clouds, or rocks and stones – perhaps an example of seeing only what we want to see.
New sight is one of the most prevalent gifts given to pilgrims at Medjugorje. In reality it is the light of Christ that shines in our darkness, the true light that enlightens all men, a glorious
light, full of grace and truth. (John 1 : 1-14) Such an Amazing Grace!
In Matthew Gospel (6 : 22-23) Jesus said: “The lamp is the body of the eye. It follows that if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eyes are diseased, your whole body will be all darkness. If the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be.”