Nigeria, Feb. 7 -- Jesus says some people have eyes, but they cannot see. Some have ears, but they cannot hear. But some have eyes that can see and ears that can hear. (Matthew 13:13-16).

Solomon provides the distinction: "The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both." (Proverbs 20:12).

Two examples should suffice. The Pharisees had eyes, but they could not see. Jesus said to them: "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind." (John 9:39).

The Pharisees had blind eyes, but they did not know.

Bartimaeus, on the other hand, was a blind man who could see. What or who could blind Bartimaeus see? He could see Jesus: "He cried out, saying, 'Jesus, ...