Seeing ordinarily refers to eyesight, in a physiological sense. But in communication, in a general sense, “seeing” can be used in many metaphoric ways. We refer to the “mind’s eye,” for example, to refer to insight or understanding. “Seeing with the heart” is often used poetically, meaning our instincts or affections lead us.
Imagine yourself a roadside observer on the road from Jericho in today’s Gospel. Observe the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, asking Jesus for sight. And Jesus’ response does not refer to restoration of physiological sight, but to the metaphoric restoration of faith.
We see in this story the way to salvation, four steps to discipleship.
First, the blind beggar recognizes Jesus, “Son of David,” the promised Savior. Second, Bartimaeus acknowledges the need for Jesus. “Have pity on me.” Twice, he calls out for pity. Third, he responds to Jesus’ call. “He… came to Jesus.” Fourth, Bartimaeus becomes a disciple of Jesus. “…followed Him on the way.”
I love metaphor! Jesus frequently taught by using metaphorical parables.
When we are on the road with Jesus in our mind’s eye, we observe His works, hear His lessons, and we follow His teaching. Thus, we are truly disciples and on the correct path to salvation.