“All religion is of life; and the life of religion is to do good.” - Doctrine of Life §1
Kempton New Church

Day 3: February 26


And they come to Jericho; and as He goes out of Jericho with His disciples and a considerable crowd, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat along the way begging. And having heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me! And many rebuked him that he should be silent; but he cried out much more, Son of David, have mercy on me! And Jesus, standing, said for him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying to him, Have confidence, arise; He calls thee. And he, casting away his garment and standing up, came to Jesus. And Jesus answering says to him, What will thou that I should do unto thee? And the blind man said to Him, Rabboni, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said to him, Go, thy faith has saved thee. And straightway he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. (Mark 10:46-52)

Believing in [Jesus] means having confidence that He is the Saviour; and since only those who lead good lives can have such confidence, this too is meant by believing in Him. The Lord says this in John’s gospel: “This is the will of the Father, that everyone who believes in the Son should have everlasting life.” John 6:40. (True Christian Religion 2:3)


When Jesus was in the world, He taught the truth and healed people. The healing was often conditioned on the person’s faith. Being blind means not seeing the truth (Arcana Coelestia 2383). Having faith in the Lord means hearing and obeying His truth. Think about an area in your life where you need the Lord’s help. Watch for how the Lord’s truths in this gospel might be healing your blindness.

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