During his earthly ministry, Our Blessed Lord had reached out and healed many through his miracles. Not many of those who were healed are named. In today’s Gospel, we are not only told of the name of the blind man who received his sight from Jesus, but we are also told of who his father was. This might indicate that he was a well-known figure, perhaps a person who was once very important.
Our Lord hears us when we persist in praying when it comes from the depth and when it does not give up in hope. Jesus may have been renowned, during his lifetime as a miracle worker – healing the broken bodies of those disabled, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and restoring speech to those unable to talk. But he was not a superman, a traveling faith-healer. Every time he responded to a persistent, authentic prayer that came from the heart and soul, not only did he respond with compassion - it literally cost him!
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time