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None so Blind
Picture:"The Blind shall See"

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Hear this, O foolish and senseless people,
who have eyes, but do not see,
who have ears, but do not hear. -Jeremiah 5:21

There is none so blind as those who will not see. Did you know that was an old saying based on a Bible quote. Did you know It's possible to have an eye-opening experience that changes your whole life.

Our Old Testament reading today takes that literally with the story of Tobit, having his sight restored with the help of the Angel Raphael. But what the saying is really talking about is that, the most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.

Christ wants you to have an eye-opening experience. He wants you to see things clearly, and to change, improve your entire life. He wanted this also for the Religious leaders of His day. They were “a brood of vipers”. Trying to live to the letter of the Law, but squashing and ignoring the Spirit of the Law. With the ordinary people, Jesus taught in parables, designed to make them use their brains, to think around issues and remember the teaching because of the story. But with the intellectual and learned Pharisees Jesus used a different method.

Someone once asked a Rabbi, “Tell me why do you Jews always answer a question with a question? The Rabbi answered, ”Why shouldn’t we?” Jesus was a master at using questions. Everyone knew that the Messiah would be a descendant of David (2 Samuel 7:12-13). The religious leaders had preconceptions that the Messiah would be an earthly king like David, a son descended from a Son of David’s line, a great hero, like the Judges of old, who had rescued the people from their enemies. They had totally missed the point that He would also be the divine son of God, they never considered that he could be God’s actual son descended via a Daughter of David’s line.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus quotes {Psalm 110:1): The Jews all believed that this psalm was speaking of the coming Messiah but they had just skimmed the surface. The name “Lord” is used twice? In the text this is the Greek word kurios, which means, “owner and master.” It’s the Old Testament equivalent of Jehovah, or Yahweh, which means, “the self-existent One.” It’s what God called himself when Moses wanted to know who He was (Exodus 3:14) This name is considered so holy that the Jews will not pronounce it.

Our gospel reading today is a revelation of the Trinity. Jesus using the authority of Scripture states that through God the Holy Spirit, David says in Psalm 110: ‘The Lord (the Father) said to my Lord (the Son)...“Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.” The Messiah is placed in a position of authority that is co-equal with Almighty God. The word “sit” refers to a continuous sitting and the “right hand” is a reference to preference and honor. In the ancient world of warfare, when a ruler was conquered he was obligated to put his neck under the foot of the triumphant king, signifying defeat and subjection. Jesus will reign and rule over all. Every enemy will be defeated. Are your eyes open? Or are you like the Pharisees - is it an inconvenient truth that you refuse to see?