‘‘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’.” (Luke 18,35-43).
There are different kinds of blindness.
Some are physically blind that need help and medical attention.
Some are politically blind, closing their eyes to hide the truth.
But many are spiritually blind.
Like the blind man in the gospel, we need to say it, ‘‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!’’
Yes. We need Jesus to heal our own blindness.
I remember my first personal encounter when I was young with a man born blind, who would usually pass by our place.
One day, I asked him to have a sit for a while and a cup of coffee.
In our conversation, I asked him, ‘‘What’s the feeling of being blind?’’
He said, ‘‘It’s hard, even if I want to see people around me, I can’t. I need somebody to help me all the time. I know people are trying to evade me like a person with a contagious disease.’’
But he said, ‘‘I’m still blessed because there are so many who are able to see but blind within.’’
Probably he’s right in saying, ‘‘So many are able to see, but are blind within.’’
~ Contributed by Fr Line Abilgos of St Michael’s Catholic Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.