Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

November 16, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Saint Margret of Scotland (c.1045-+1093) Patron Saint of Scotland

Beginning of the Book of Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5

Psalm 1:1-4, 6

Luke 18:355-43  


            Today’s Gospel narrative is a moving scene.  A blind man sitting by the roadside was begging.  The only way he had to live was by asking for food, alms (money,) or other contributions.  In Jesus’ day, a blind person could not earn a living on his/her own and had to rely on others for care.    

            As the man sits by the road he hears and feels the presence of a huge crowd coming toward him.  He asks those around him what might be happening.  When he is told that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, be begs again, this time directly to Jesus.

            The man shouts, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”  The leaders in the crowd “rebuke” the blind man but he persists with his compassionate cry.  When he is brought to Jesus, the blind beggar drops at His feet and Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”  He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”  Jesus replies, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” 

            Friends, Jesus asks each and every one of us every day, “What do you want me to do for you?”  By asking this question every day our very lives would change forever.  Each one of us has a need(s) that can be met, weakness(s) that can be strengthened or some wound(s) that require healing.  Take a moment and imagine Jesus bending over the humble blind beggar with love and compassion.  It is the same way he will answer the needs we bring to him today and every day.  He will bend down to us, touching us gently and lovingly in order to help us to see.

            Finally, we must note the formerly blind beggar’s reaction after he was healed?  At the very moment he was given his sight he began to follow Jesus, giving all glory and praise to God.  We too can follow the example of our Lord Jesus and lovingly and compassionately bend down to others by helping them to see.

Question of the Day:  When you meet Jesus today, He will ask you what you want.  How will you answer?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, let me grow from day to day in Your grace, and see Your face in everyone I meet.  Amen


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