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Benjamin Jansen S.J.Nov 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM1 min read

20 November 2023

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

“What do you want me to do for you?”
This question posed by Christ to the blind man is essentially the same one that he poses to each of us as well. What do we want Jesus to do for us? What are the deepest desires and most desperate needs of our hearts? What do we long for more than anything? Where are we most wounded? In what ways are we most in need of healing?
The response of the blind man is a simple but provocative one. He says, “Lord, please let me see.” When the man receives his sight, what is the first thing that he sees? He sees Jesus. How wondrous and fitting that the very first thing that the man is able to see with his newfound gift is the incarnate image of the God who lovingly created him and has now provided for his healing.
It’s important for us to always keep in mind that none of the physical healings that Jesus performed were ends unto themselves. Each physical healing is an outward, external manifestation of the interior transformation that has taken place in the soul. The restoration to wholeness that comes from the forgiveness of sins and our return to fullness of relationship with God is the ultimate modality of Christ’s mission of healing and restoration.