November 16, 2020 (Monday of Week 33 Year II)
Receive your sight
Dear friends in Christ, in matters of faith, physical blindness is not a problem. Far worse is spiritual blindness—a blindness that comes as a result of sin or a result of lack of faith.
In the gospel passage of today (Luke 18:35-43) Jesus was near Jericho, accompanied by a multitude of people. By the roadside was a blind beggar and when he heard it was Jesus passing by, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” The more the crowd tried to shut him out, the louder he shouted. He must have heard so much about Jesus; his physical blindness, gave way to faith. Obviously, he was not expecting money from Jesus and he didn’t asked for that. He wanted mercy, he wanted compassion and he shouted till he was heard. Jesus stopped his journey, asked that the man be brought to him and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” This is a question every disciple must answer. When Solomon became king, God asked him, “Ask for anything that you want me to give you.”(1Kgs 3:5) Solomon’s answer was, “Give me therefore, an understanding mind in governing your people that I may discern between good and evil.” God’s answer was swift, granting him wisdom and understanding beyond any other person.
In the case of this blind man, he said to Jesus, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” Jesus answered him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” In this encounter, the blindman got more than he had bargained. His faith led him to rehabilitation but even more, he became a disciple and followed Jesus, glorifying God. We must also recognise the role played by the crowd, in this miracle. In the first place, they saw his call for mercy as a disturbance or distraction; when Jesus stopped to attend to the man, the same crowd brought him and created an opportunity for him to meet Jesus. After his healing, the same crowd gave praise to God. Never allow the crowd around you, to determine your relationship with Jesus. There is the need for you to get out of the crowd, to stand out and be noticed by Jesus. There are so many people going to church, there are too many people following Jesus, are you just one of them?
Back to the miracle, the restored sight of the man, can be viewed in two ways. In the first, receiving his physical sight, meant that he will no longer have to sit by the roadside begging for alms. He is whole, and must work—no work, no food. The spiritual sight, the gift of faith, is even more important. Quickly he rose to become a follower of Jesus on the way to Jerusalem. There are many people today who are blinded by sin. The sacrament of reconciliation however, is an eye opener in such a situation. If the Lord were to ask you today, “What do you want me to do for you?” What will your request be?
Let us pray: Lord, let me see again. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.