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Luke 18: 35-43 – Week 33 Ordinary Time, Monday (King James Audio Bible KJV, Spoken Word)

35 ¶ And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Jesus is very close to Jerusalem now and a great multitude are processing with him. There is a tremendous sense of triumph in the air, even as Jesus approaches the cross, which indeed will be the sign of his victory.

The blind man of Jericho cannot at first know what is happening, but when he hears that it is Jesus passing he responds with great urgency, shouting out to Jesus and acclaiming him as the Messiah with the title Son of David. This is a response of faith to Jesus’ presence, showing energy and conviction; the blind man will not be silenced when the crowds try to hush him; he will continue to pray to Jesus. We are called through this story to be constant and bold in our faith, no matter the reaction of other people, should people look to silence us. We are called not to hide our lifelong petition to Jesus.

We often think of sight as being symbolic of knowledge and understanding, while we might say people are metaphorically blind when their, or our, grasp of things is clouded and unclear. We should be careful with such symbol and metaphor, and clear that we are not implying blind people are intellectually ‘blinded’. This provides, though, a ready way in which we can pray to Jesus for an increase in faith and commitment, when perhaps we doubt or feel baffled by the ways God seems to be directing events. Lord, let me receive my sight.

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you…
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. (1 Colossians 3, 12-14)

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Jesus Heals The Blind Man of Jericho

The blind man hears that Jesus is passing by and he cries out for mercy. The people around the blind man try to silence him, embarrassed by his loud cries to Jesus. Perhaps they were concerned about disrupting the social norms and conventions of the time.

However, the blind man’s cries persist and even become louder. Despite the potential for social ostracism, he calls out all the more to Jesus. The blind man recognizes that Jesus is his only hope for healing, and he will not be silenced. In doing so, the blind man exhibits a profound faith and a willingness to step outside the bounds of social conformity.

This encounter between the blind man and Jesus reveals the tension between the call to follow Jesus and the pressure to conform to societal norms. The people around the blind man were more concerned with maintaining the status quo than with helping him to receive the healing he needed from Jesus.

However, Jesus did not allow the opinions of others to prevent him from hearing the man’s cries and granting his request. Jesus recognized the blind man’s faith and persistence and responded with compassion and healing.

This story challenges us to consider our own attitudes towards those who are marginalized or different from ourselves. Are we more concerned with fitting in and conforming to societal expectations, or are we willing to step outside of our comfort zones to help those in need?

Additionally, the story invites us to consider the role of faith in our lives. The blind man’s persistence and faith enabled him to receive his sight. We too can experience the transformative power of faith if we are willing to call out to Jesus, even if it means going against societal norms or risking embarrassment.

Pope Francis has commented on this passage. In his homily on March 3, 2013, he spoke about the blind man’s persistence and how it can inspire us in our own lives. Pope Francis said: ‘The blind man was very brave, he shouted, he made himself heard. And when Jesus called him, he threw off his cloak and ran to him. This is a beautiful gesture. When the Lord calls us, we must do the same: throw off our cloak and run to him.’

In another homily on October 25, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the blindness that can affect us all, both physically and spiritually. He said: ‘We are all a bit blind, all of us. We all have our limitations, our defects, our sins. But if we allow ourselves to be called by Jesus, if we cry out to Him with faith, He will heal us, He will open our eyes and our hearts.’

In his general audience on May 22, 2013, Pope Francis also spoke about the importance of persistence in prayer, using the blind man’s cries as an example. He said: ‘The Gospel of Luke presents the blind man who, despite being urged to be silent, does not give up and cries out all the more loudly: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” This is a beautiful example of prayer, which perseveres and overcomes all obstacles.’