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Luke 18:35-43

The Word of God

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." Then he shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has saved you." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

Luke 18:35-43
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    • This is the lovely story of a blind man who had lost his sight and was forced to live as a beggar. His insistence to call on Jesus despite the crowd’s opposition is a big act of faith. He must have been very happy with what happened to him.
    • How is life going for you? Did you ever feel that you have lost something that once was precious to you? Often we are afraid to turn to the Lord to ask him to restore or compensate us in some way that would give us life again. To turn to God when we are suffering loss is a great act of faith and trust.
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    • Let this vibrant, dramatic story draw me into its action. Imagine myself as the blind beggar sitting helpless by the side of the road. All I can do is shout loudly when I learn that Jesus is passing. Even when Jesus asks me to come forward others have to lead me. How do I feel as you hear Jesus' respectful and sensitive question: "What do you want me to do for you?" Soon I will regain your sight because of my faith and trust. I rejoice and give the praise to God.
    • Do I treat beggars (representing all poor people) and the blind (representing all people with disabilities) with the respect and sensitivity that Jesus shows here?
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    • Jesus does not cure unbidden. He waits to be asked. What may seem from the outside as a desperate need (i.e. for sight) could for the sightless be such a habitual state that they could not imagine themselves otherwise. So Jesus checks out: What do you want me to do for you? Lord, there is a sort of sight I ask from you: to use my eyes fully, to relish every nuance of colour that surrounds me, to pick up the life and feeling in others’ faces and bodies, to appreciate and be open to the glorious world of vision which I would miss if I was like this blind man.
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    • Jesus asks me “What is happening?” Is there anything of lasting importance happening in my life? May I be alert, Lord, as you pass by.
    • “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks me this every day! But do I want anything, or is my soul only half-alive?
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    • The blind man in today’s reading had faith enough to call out to Jesus as he passed by, even when he was reprimanded by the people near him, his need for Jesus was so great that he called all the louder. Then Jesus asks an unusual question ‘what do you want me to do for you’ so even though his need was obvious Jesus wanted him to ask. Today, Jesus asks you ‘what do you want me to do for you’ Talk to him today and tell him of your needs.
    • Here I am Lord, coming to you to ask you to hear my prayer. Even though you know my needs Jesus, I need to tell you of them so you and I can have a conversation and my heart find it’s rest
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    • The poor can be a nuisance because they disturb our comfortable lives. I talk with Jesus about my attitude to the needy. I see that Jesus reverses human values and puts this blind beggar first. I ask for grace to do the same.
    • I pray: ‘Jesus, I am the blind beggar. I just don’t see the things that are truly important. Have mercy on me! Heal me, so that I may glorify you and follow you more closely.’
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    • If the Lord asked me: "What do you want me to do for you?" what would I answer? The blind, the starving, the troubled, know what they need and want. Some of the better-off seem to live without desires, not keen to change themselves, complacent.
    • Lord, you interrupted what you were saying to meet the blind man's cry. For you, acting mattered more than talking. I know I can trust your kindness.