Escape the Blindness
What are we blind to in our lives? Do we see the poor man sitting on the sidewalk? Do we hear the hurtful words our friend is saying to that shy classmate? It's always important to remember to treat others how we want to be treated, and so taking time to assess every situation and reflect on how we would feel on the opposite side, to be the one hurting. Jesus gets many questions from his disciples about what they should do next. He repeatedly tells them that they don't understand what's right in front of them, that Jesus himself was giving them the tools they need, the direction to be faithful and bring others into faith, if they'd only listen and take action. Going to mass, we are given direction through God's Word, through the homily, through prayer, yet we still don't take action. God is calling us to turn our blind eye towards him, to open our eyes to see, to act through the power of the Holy Spirit. How are you turning a blind eye?
Today's Gospel states:'As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him 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 receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God' (Luke 18:35-43).
Today's reading talks about a blind man, seeking healing from Jesus. Jesus asks him what he wants, and the man tells him, that he seeks healing. He takes action, through faith, believing that God will give him direction. We too are so often like blind men, turning our eyes away from the sin and hurt of the world, and living in our own little worlds. It's only when we step out of our shells, we look at the hurt, the sin, the pain and ask God for healing, will there be any hoe for change. God is always there to help us, to guide us, but we need to be willing to take steps towards a better life. Don't turn a blind eye, but face the sins of the world, and try to make a difference. Take some time to ask God to help you open your eyes, your mind, your heart to His love.
Today we pray:
centreThank You for being at the of my life. Help me to face my sins, and to look to You for help. Help me where I may be turning a blind eye in society and let me make a difference as Your disciple.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.