Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Margret of Scotland (c.1045-+1093) Patron Saint of Scotland
Beginning of the Book of Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5; Psalm 1:1-4, 6; Luke 18:355-43
Eustache Le Sueur's 'Christ Healing the Blind Man', circa 1645.
Today’s Gospel narrative is a moving scene. A blind man sitting by the roadside was begging. The only way he had to live was by asking for food, alms (money), or other contributions. In Jesus’ day, a blind person could not earn a living on his or her own. They had to rely on others for care.
As the man sits by the road, he hears and feels the presence of a huge crowd coming toward him. He asks those around him what might be happening. When he is told that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, he begs again directly to Jesus.
The man shouts, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The leaders in the crowd “rebuke” the blind man, but he persists with his compassionate cry. When he is brought to Jesus, the blind beggar drops at His feet, and Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replies, “Lord, please let me see.” Then, Jesus says, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
Friends, Jesus asks each of us every day, “What do you want me to do for you?”
By asking this question every day, each of our lives could change forever. Each of our needs can be met, our weaknesses can be strengthened, or some of our wounds can be healed. Take a moment and imagine Jesus bending over the humble blind beggar with love and compassion. In this same way, He will answer the needs we bring to Him today and every day. He will bend down to us, touching us gently and lovingly, to help us to see.
Finally, we must note the formerly blind beggar’s reaction after he was healed? He was given his sight at the very moment, he began to follow Jesus, and he gave all glory and praise to God. We, too, can follow the example of our Lord Jesus by lovingly and compassionately bending down to others and helping them to see.
Question of the Day: When you meet Jesus today, He will ask you what you want. How will you answer?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me grow from day to day in Your grace, and see Your face in everyone I meet. Amen