The Order of Malta and John 9:11
Nolan Keck


As the Companion approached, he humbly solicited admission to the privileges of the Mediterranean Pass so that he could safely undertake a pilgrimage and be found worthy to enter into the Ancient Order of St. John of Jerusalem, becoming a Knight of Malta. As he considered the pilgrimage that he must take, he recounted the several incidents encountered by the Apostle Paul as recorded within Holy Scripture, of how even a viper, a beast of fire, could not hinder the testimony brought forth by the one who carried orders from the Almighty. He considered how he may also pluck something offensive from his left hand and cast it into the fire, receiving the bread from the point of the sword and water from the blade, and how he must suffer patiently for Christ. As recorded by St. John of Jerusalem, the Lord Himself brought sight to the man born blind, saying unto him, “Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash,” so that the works of God should be made manifest in him. As the man’s eyes were opened for the first time in his life, he beheld the glorious Savior of the world! This man born blind would then be rejected by his family and the Pharisees as being born in sin, but the words of the Savior brought satisfaction to his soul so “that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” The Companion was therefore reminded to live a life pure and undefiled, and always be zealous as a shining light, carrying the Holy Sign of the Cross upon his heart. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

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