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The healing of the blind beggar

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LUKE 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

REFLECTION

HAVE PITY ON ME! The blind man who has been begging by the roadside in Jericho shouts his appeal to Jesus when he hears of him passing by. He does not know where Jesus exactly is in the crowd. The beggar wants his voice heard by everyone; someone may tell Jesus about him. He shouts to catch Jesus’ attention, “Have pity on me!”

The blind man believes that Jesus is merciful. He is not only a popular preacher passing by, gaining more followers. Out of his mercy, Jesus can heal him. People rebuke him for his noise, but the beggar shouts all the more and succeeds in getting the attention of Jesus who stops and asks for him.

In their short conversation, the blind man humbly asks that his sight be restored. Right away, Jesus makes him see. Jesus explains why the man is healed: because of his faith.

Faith is the channel by which we can be healed of our infirmities and woundedness. We can show our faith by acting it out. We should not be ashamed to express our need before the merciful God. God pays attention to us even if we have no previous appointment. By powerful words, God restores us to health. Our healing makes people praise God.

Do your loved ones know what you are praying for?

They may pray with you. Do you have the faith that can bring you God’s healing?

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2018,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

 

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