Father Rodney Torbic

July 2 / 15, 2018

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:27-35

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him, Yea, Lord. Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (KJV)

The lives of the men who were blind had been radically changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. They could now see what before was incomprehensible to them. They now could now experience magnificent views in the world.

What they could see would influence them completely. They were completely different. The change in the men would affect their relationships with others.

When Jesus changes a person, others must deal with the change. People familiar with the men when they were blind would now have to relate to them as people of vision.

Individuals knowing of the great change want to know the cause of the change. Jesus changes lives for the better. Individuals seeking to nourish the hunger in their souls earnestly desire to know more about the Lord Jesus Christ.

If Jesus can bring sight to the blind, He can bring peace to the heart, mind and soul. The healed men could not contain their joy. They could not keep in secret the great change in themselves.

The healed men were over joyed. They told others of the Lord Jesus Christ. News of the blind men being healed has spread through the centuries. The healings are proclaimed in churches throughout the world today.

Hearers of the miracles have different reactions. The blind men were men of great faith. Their great faith resulted in great changes in their lives. Men and women of great faith in Christ always experience great changes.

Believers are transformed and become new and different due to faith in Christ. Investing faith in Christ is the greatest investment. The Holy Apostle Paul described the change possible for Christians.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18)

The joy of being transformed by Christ cries out in the lives of believers. When Christ’s disciples rejoiced and praised God for the mighty works they had seen, Jesus was told by the Pharisees to silence them.

Jesus answered the Pharisees with these words: “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Lk. 19:37-40). For centuries non-believers have tried to silence followers of Christ.

Communism did not stamp out Christianity. Islam has not stamped out Christianity. Atheism has not stamped out Christianity. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18)

Blind men were not the only individuals coming to Christ for healing. The current Gospel describes the changes Jesus brought to the life of the man who was mute and demon-possessed.

Individuals with any type of affliction can turn to Jesus with hope and in faith. Jesus is capable of making a change in every person’s life. Mental illness and physical afflictions are no reason to give up hope and to descend into despair.

Jesus is the road out of the valley of despair. Jesus is the road to the top of the mountain of great joy. Jesus provides the narrow path to peace of mind, heart and soul.

The Holy Prophet Isaiah said: “Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His way, and we shall walk in His paths.” (Is. 3:2).

God’s Holy Church brings us the Gospel at the every Divine Liturgy. God’s Holy Church brings us the Divine services that enable us to grow in Christ. God’s Holy Church stands as a bright beacon in the darkness of the world.

God’s Holy Church shines the light of Christ throughout the world. The mute and demon-possessed will find healing in Christ. Everyone resolute in faith will find healing in Christ.

Christ changes the heart, the mind and the soul. Christ affects the body as well as the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ gave voice to the mute just He gave sight to the blind.

When the man who was mute spoke, his voice became testimony to the living God. His voice was a confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful Christians reveal Christ in their hearts, minds, souls and homes.

Jesus said “You will know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16). The demon was cast out of the man. The afflicted man would experience personal peace. Demons create havoc. Christ brings peace.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (I Cor. 14:33) Individuals convinced of Christ’s healing power live firmly in faith.

July 2 / 15, 2018
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Placing of the Honourable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Translation of the Relics of St. Mardarije.

Fr. Rodney Torbic
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania

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