The Two Blind Men (Matthew 9:27-31)
Obviously Jesus knew a little bit about human nature. He was forever telling somebody not to talk about what He had done and invariably the person or persons would then go and blab it all over town. In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals the two blind men. “Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.” What did they do? “They went out and spread word of Him through all that land.”
Jesus didn’t have much of a marketing plan. News of Him had to be spread by word of mouth. And, it seems like the simplest way to get that done was to tell people to keep their mouths shut. Here’s the thing. Jesus was so wonderful, so amazing, so spectacular in His own humble way that people just couldn’t keep from telling everybody they could get to listen about Him.
So what’s happened to us today? Instead of spreading the Good News, most of us seem to be afraid to speak. Is Jesus the problem? Is He less wonderful today? Is He less amazing? Or have we gotten so jaded that we’re not that easily impressed? With phones in our pockets and televisions that fill up a whole wall are we just immune to being dazzled? If I can see my granddaughter on my computer screen even though she’s hundreds of miles away, maybe a guy who can walk on water isn’t such a big deal.
No, Jesus is still a big deal. He’s the biggest deal of all time. He gave His life so that you and I could have our sins forgiven. We’re the ones who have changed. Is it any wonder that only three out of ten Catholics come to mass? We, and I mean you and me, are failing in our calling to share the Good News of the Gospel with everyone we meet. Here’s an idea. I have a message from Jesus. He said to tell you not to talk to anyone about Him. Maybe it’ll work again.