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Eyes Opened


The blind can have their eyes open without eyesight. So, “opening the eyes” (Mt 9:30) means regaining sight. The Jews considered the blind as those with their eyes shut. As soon as Jesus touched the eyes of the blind men, they resumed full sight.

Regaining sight for the blind is evidence of messianic fulfilment. According to Isaiah, when the Messiah comes, “The eyes of the blind shall see, and the ears of the deaf be opened” (Isa 35:5). That is why when John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus replied, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them” (Mt 11:2-5). While interpreting a passage from the book of Isaiah (61:1-2), Jesus proclaimed that he came as Messiah to regain sight for the blind (Lk 4:18).

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