“They went out and spread word of him through all that land.”

Jesus has two blind men pursuing Him calling for mercy (Mt 9:27-31).  They follow Him into the house that was His destination.  When Jesus asks if they believe He can heal them He tells them it will be done according to their faith; their sight is completely restored.  Jesus says — in no uncertain terms — that they are not to let others know about the healing but they go out and spread the news freely.  The healed men were wrong to not obey Jesus’ stern request.  But we can understand their excitement in this explicable cure being effected in them; these were men of great faith — remember that the efficacy of their healing depended on their personal belief in Jesus — and their eyesight was completely restored.  We have no such restraint put on us.  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  The “messianic secret” is no longer a secret as Jesus fulfilled the Father’s plan before returning to Him.  Now He tells His disciples (i.e., us), “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15) and, just before leaving this earth, He began His final words with: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).  As we experience the mercy and healing power of Jesus Christ in our lives may we, like the blind men, be filled with the excitement of the Spirit and be compelled to tell everyone how the Good News has changed our lives.

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