Please Let Me See
Malvern Minute

 

November 20, 2017 – Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follow me will have the light of life. Alleluia, alleluia!

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (18:35-43)

 

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a 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 kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”

He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.

When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

 

Reflect: Lord, please let me see. Jesus healed the blind man who begged for mercy. We can focus on the physical healing of blindness, but this Gospel passage calls us to recognize much more. Yes, the blind man’s life was suddenly changed as he was able to see the world around him. He could move about and maneuver his way through life in a new way. At the same time, there was a deeper healing. Jesus said: “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” The man experienced a spiritual healing, as well. Most of us have sight. Even if our vision is corrected by lenses or surgery, we can see. Regardless, Jesus wants to heal the spiritual blindness that afflicts most of us. Perhaps we are blind to our sinfulness; or to the love and mercy of Jesus. There are many ways that we fail to recognize God, our neighbor and ourselves as Jesus intended. We pray for the grace to see God and the world around us with the eyes of faith, respect and honor. If we do that, we will give “glory to God.”

 

Questions: Do I pray for the grace to see God, myself and others with the eyes of faith? What might be some blind spots in my life that need healing? Do I give God the praise and glory that he deserves?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to see. Take away the blindness that stops me from doing the right thing for the right reason so that my life might give you praise and glory at all times. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Give me life , O Lord, and I will do your commands.

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