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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
11/13/2011 8:36 pm
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|Monday, November 14th 2011
| 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.
Today's prayer intention - for the repose of the soul of Sioeli Nau Leveni.
A long time ago, the nephew of a friend of mine was in town and knew that a famous band was staying at the hotel near where I lived. My friend thought that it would be great if I took him to the hotel and maybe we'd get a chance to talk to them. Not thinking much about it, I said sure and we went down there.
Twenty minutes later they came walking up to the elevator that we were standing by. As they walked up, all he did was wave and say, "hi" and that was it. I expected at least one question, but he just let them pass by.
I often wondered if he had something that the band could sign, maybe at least they could have stopped and spoke to him.
When you think about it, not only did the blind man have nothing for Jesus to sign or touch, but he was even missing something: his sight. Yet, in his incompleteness, he had something. In his poverty, he had a reason to cry out to God, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" We don't hear of any other person in the crowd getting healed; just the blind man.
It's easy to think that we have nothing to offer to God. It's easy to get lost in the things that you don't have. It's easy to hide when we think that we'll just get lost in the crowd.
Yet, it is the poor that Christ comes to; it is those who know that they are without that cry out to God. It is the poor that can welcome Christ.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who live in "poverty" and they do not cry out to Jesus. I wonder if there was a person who was blind who dismissed Jesus' coming because they didn't feel like He could heal them. I wonder if they have grown proud in their weakness. Why would the blind man want to be healed if it meant that he would have to stop begging? Why would the blind man want to be healed if it meant that he would have to start working to earn a living?
If this is so, that means that we all have a responsibility with the faith that we have. We all have a share in building up the Kingdom of God. We all have a share in pointing to Christ so that others may come to know and love Our Lord and to seek His ways.
In our poverty, we bringing more than just something for Jesus to autograph. We bring ourselves and we bring others so that God may be glorified.
Take care and God Bless.