Crying Out to Jesus

Luke 18: 35-43
1Mac 1:10-63 / Psa 119

What do you want me to do for you? … Lord, please let me see.
(Luke 18:41)

Cry to Jesus in our darkness,
He will lead us back to the light;
Our sins keep us blind and helpless,
But His Word will restore our sight.

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside, begging. Hearing the 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 cried out all the louder, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped, and ordered that the blind man be brought to Him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” And Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed Him, giving glory to God. When the people saw this, they all gave praise to God. (Lk.18:41-42)

Reflection

The blind man never hesitated to call out to Jesus for help, even though people in the crowd were trying to hush him up to be quiet. He could see (more than they) that the “Son of David” was his only way out of darkness. The message of today’s Gospel is telling us that God is our last recourse, our final healing, the Ultimate Solution. But our chances of being freed from our affliction or guaranteed of our soul’s salvation can pass us by if we do not take the initiative, or if we harbour any doubts about God’s loving mercy.

We have to stand up and proclaim our faith, like that blind man of Jericho, who patiently waited for the Source of his liberation to come by his way, and would not be silenced by the crowd which despised him for his “sin”. He cried out all the more loudly for Jesus to hear him.

God rescues us from our tribulations, especially from the darkness of sin. He has given us free will – the right to choose – to set us apart from all the other living animals in His creation. Human beings alone have the capacity to love; all other creatures only have instincts. Unfortunately, this independence has often been the cause of our sins and/or misfortune, when our decisions run counter to God’s commandments. He allows us to “fall by the wayside” for a time, until we come to our senses and realize that He is our only hope out of our misery. But God desires our total faith and submission before responding to our call for help. He will ask us, “What do you want me to do for you?” And like the blind man of Jericho, we should answer, “Lord, please let me see.”

More than physical healing, we need to be able to see thru the darkness of our sins — our selfishness and pride, our addictions to the trappings (and traps) of Satan’s kingdom, and our lack of faith. But really, all we have to do is to ask, and as surely as the break of dawn, Jesus will lead us to the light.

Come to me in Your Spirit, Lord Jesus, that I may see through the darkness of my soul. You are our light and our salvation; without your Word and inspiration, we will surely lose our way on the path to your kingdom. Light of my life, please help me see. Amen.

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