• Gabriel von Wendt

Matthew 9:27-31 - The Stronger You Believe, The More You See

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!" When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith." And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

We have five senses: taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. Together, they allow us to perceive reality with its multifaceted character; each sense reveals to us a dimension of the material reality which we cannot possibly capture by means of the other senses. Thus, a blind person, for example, has no way to perceive light or color.

Science means that we can empirically prove a thesis which helps to explain the laws of reality

Before healing the blind men, Jesus asks whether they believe that He can do this. This is an important question for our modern worldview. To see things with our own eyes is the type of knowledge which we like to call scientific nowadays. Science means that we can empirically prove a thesis which helps to explain the laws of reality. If we can see it, we don’t need to believe any longer; if we can see it, we can no longer affirm the contrary; if we can see it, we know it. But, what if we cannot see it? What if we are “blind”? Well, then we cannot be certain, we can only speculate vaguely, we "only believe."


“Do you believe that I can do this,” Jesus asks. Do you believe that He can make you see things which you could not see by your own accord? The fact that Jesus cures the blind men is a provocative “intrusion” for the modern worldview because it claims that Jesus is not confined to the pre-scientific realm alone. Modern mentality likes to place faith there where science has not gotten (yet). Above all, it would never think that faith could actually aid science, that faith could open the eyes for a more profound material knowledge. And yet, Jesus cures the material sight.

Jesus can help you understand reality better

Today’s Gospel proclaims that Jesus can help you understand reality better; that faith can inspire science; that His standpoint empowers you to know the laws of reality even better. Thus, faith does not oppose science, nor should science oppose faith. Today's healing shows that Jesus sees a close relation between believing and seeing. He gives the blind men their sight thanks to their faith: "Let it be done for you according to your faith." In this logic, the stronger you believe, the more you see. It appears that Jesus likes science after all...