Posted by: livingscripture | November 18, 2019

33rd Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
33rd Monday of Ordinary Time
November 18, 2019

WORD of the DAY
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
(Luke 18: 35-43)

How shall I live this Word?

The blind man does not see, but feels! He knows how to listen to the name of Jesus (Lk 18:37) and knows how to cry out that name (Lk 18:38). He knows how to call Jesus by name. The blind man does not see, but his faith grows in listening, he feels the signs of His passing, he perceives that something different is happening. The blind man does not see, but his faith grows. Being blinded by what happens, the blind man demands to understand what is happening. He is already projected out of himself, like his voice that shouts and finds himself in front of Jesus without immediately asking for his sight, but presenting himself, knowing that true healing is meeting Jesus, entering into a relationship with Him. And it is this journey of faith, acceptance, humility that will allow him to accept the gift of sight, to help others to see.

Lord, increase my faith that I may see!

The voice of Pope Francis at Morning Meditation June 15, 2016

And so, the blind man walks behind the Lord and becomes part of his community. The one they wanted to silence, now testifies aloud his meeting with Jesus of Nazareth, and “all the people, seeing, gave praise to God” (v. 43). A second miracle takes place: what happened to the blind man also makes people finally see. The same light illuminates everyone by joining them in the prayer of praise.
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