John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38:
As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam”; which means Sent. So he went and washed, and came back able to see. His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is, “but others said, “No, he just looks like him.” He said, “I am.” They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath. So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.” So some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a sinful man do such signs?” And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again, “What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” They answered and said to him, “You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out. When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.
Almost everyone in the world has seen Jesus in pictures. And, whether or not you realize (and/or believe) it, you have already also seen him in-person in this world. The problem for most of us with this realization is that we’re just not focused on Him. Like the blind man that Jesus healed at the Pool of Siloam (a Pool you can visit in Jerusalem today), we are sometimes “blind” to Him, but He always sees us and is always seeking us. As soon as the blind man in the Gospel was “open” to Jesus, Jesus “opened” his eyes to Him. The world will do its best to blur our Eternal Vision, but by refusing to see things the way that the world does and protecting our eyes in Jesus, we will see Him. And, we’ll see Him in-person. On the road to Emmaus, there were two Disciples who walked for most of the day with Jesus, but they didn’t realize that it was Him (Luke 24:13-35). In fact, their eyes weren’t opened to Him until He broke the bread and turned it into the Holy Eucharist of God. Then, like the blind man, for just a moment, they saw Him and He was gone. So, let’s be sure to protect our eyes and keep them focused on Him and to see things the Way that Jesus does. And, then, like the countless others who have seen Jesus resurrected, we will, too.