IN THOSE DAYS, as Jesus was approaching Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. People told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Then the blind man shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front rebuked him, ordering him to be quiet. But the blind man shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and commanded the blind man to be brought to Him. And when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The man said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God. And when all the people saw this, they praised God.
Saint Ephrem the Syrian comments on Jesus' response to the blind man,
The Light came into the world to give sight to the blind and faith to those who lacked it. When Jesus approached the blind man, the man cried out and said, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." The beggar's hand was stretched out to receive a penny from human beings and found himself receiving the gift of God. What did Jesus then answer the man? "Your faith has saved you." Christ did not say to him, "It is your faith that has caused you to see," in order to show that faith had first given him life and then bodily sight.
And Saint Cyril of Alexandria comments on the man's response to Jesus after being healed,
Now that he was delivered from is blindness, did he neglect the duty of loving Christ? He certainly did not. It says, "He regained his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God." He was set free from double blindness. Not only did he escape from the blindness of the body, but also from that of the mind and heart. He would not have glorified Him as God, had he not possessed spiritual vision. He became the means of others giving Christ glory, for it says that all the people praised God.
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