Unlike physical blindness, spiritual blindness is a condition which cannot be detected by those who suffer from it.
But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Luke 11:20
Some of those who saw Jesus cast the demon out of the mute man restoring his speech doubted. This remarkable miracle did not convince them. They concocted a theory that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of the prince of demons, Beelzebul. Jesus refuted their assertion by two arguments. First, if Satan were the power behind the healing, he would be fighting against himself. That is an illogical strategy that would surely result in the devil’s defeat. Second, others among the Jews cast out demons, so by whose power did they do that?
More evidence won’t help
Sometimes unbelievers say they need more evidence in order to believe. Clearly, in Jesus’ day some who saw miracles performed before their eyes refused to accept the evidence. Seeing is not believing, to those who are spiritually blind. Unlike physical blindness, spiritual blindness is a condition which cannot be detected by those who suffer from it. Jesus explained to some Pharisees that they could not be given sight because they did not recognize their blindness (John 9:39-41).
If you do not believe, have you considered that you are spiritually blind, unable to see the obvious? Pray that you may receive mercy and grace to see and to believe. In Christ the Kingdom of God has come upon us.
For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
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