“The worst blind is the one who doesn’t want to see!” This is a very famous Portuguese saying. Unfortunately it is based on an allegedly true story. In the 16th century a French doctor was able to perform a surgery that cured a blind man. The surgery was a success, everybody was happy but the patient. The world that he saw horrified him. He was so desperate that he asked the doctor to reverse the surgery or to remove his eyes. When the doctor said that he would not do it, he took the case to Paris and Vatican courts. The courts gave victory to the man and his eyes were removed. In this way he became the first blind man who did not want to see.
That saying applies to circumstances when people have the truth right in front of them and they just do not want to see it. They refuse to accept the truth
In the Advent story we have something like that. When the Magi came to Jerusalem looking for the Messiah, King Herod heard that and he was extremely disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. He then called all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law and asked them where the Christ was to be born. Here is their answer: “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:5-6.”
It is important for us to understand that during that time the leaders, priests, teachers of the law, and the people were expecting the coming of the Messiah. The Messianic hope was very alive and well. This explains the answer that Herod received from the leaders.
For Herod, Jesus was just a competitor, someone who came to take his power away from him, but for the priests and the teachers of the law he was the long awaited Messiah. The Kingdom of God was at their doorsteps. The problem is that they could not see it, or more probably they did not want to see it.
In all of the Gospels we do not have any reaction from those leaders searching and trying to find out what the Magi was talking about. The only reaction was from Herod trying to kill the boy.
Jesus, the Messiah, was right there a few miles away. The Magi gave them a very impressive sign and the prophecies confirmed their narration, but they decided to ignore it. They just did not want to see it.
How many times have you been in this kind of situation? The Word of God was very clear, wise people close to you confirmed it with their wisdom, but you decided to ignore and to continue in the path that you designed for yourself.
Have you ever talked with someone and were able to share the Good News with him or her in a very clear way, just to hear the answer: “No, I still can’t believe what you are saying is the truth”? Or, “I still do not understand.” The truth is right in front of them but they just cannot see or they do not want to see it.
During this season I hope and pray that you will be able to see how much God loved you and also you will be able to share that love with other people.
Have a blessed week,