Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar Near Jericho
Reflection on the Gospel of the Monday In The Thirty-Third Week In Ordinary Time
The blind man was left to beg and feed himself, as he must have been abandoned by his family or might not have anyone to care for him. But the way he addressed Jesus as Son of David on hearing that Jesus was passing by, it is very likely that he had known about Jesus and the works he did and surely he had accepted Jesus as the Messiah, the Jews were waiting for. We also see that he was desperate as he must have had this last hope of being able to see. In our lives too when we come to a point of no hope, we turn to God and call to Jesus with all our might till we lose all hope and are done with trying all options to solve our problems.
On the other hand, even in all the commotion and noise, Jesus perceived his lone voice shouting in the crowd. Hearing the blind man’s plea to have mercy on him, Jesus immediately stopped and commanded. When we call Jesus from our heart, he always is with us.
Why do you think Jesus asked the blind man what he wants him to do for him? Probably for the benefit of the crowd, so they could hear and glorify God, once the blind man received his sight back. And for them to know that faith in Jesus can heal.
The message we get from this passage is that
- Have complete trust in Jesus and believe that he will show a way
- When we ask, believe it will be done
- Accept that Jesus is Lord, our Saviour
- Do not give up, persist till Jesus hears
Let us pray to Jesus to give us the grace to increase our faith like the blind man