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November 16, 2020

Lk 18: 35-43

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Jesus stood still and ordered the man 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 see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.-spanish

A God who is not too good to be true

St. Ignatius suggested an imaginative form of contemplation for engaging the Gospels in which we place ourselves in the scene, experience the sounds, sights, and smells of the moment, and watch Jesus closely as he reaches out both to those following him and to those he encounters by chance.  In today’s Gospel, what details do we notice?

  • A crowd is pressing around Jesus as I strain to get a good view of him.
  •  A ragged beggar by the side of the road begins yelling, and I struggle to hear what he’s saying, even as some in the crowd try to silence him and push him away from getting close to Jesus.
  •  Finally, I hear the beggar say “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” And Jesus stops to listen. The noise from the crowd grows silent, and we all watch the two men. 
  • When Jesus asks, “What do you want?”—the man replies, “I want to see,” and I finally realize he is blind.
  • Jesus says in response. “Receive your sight.  Your faith has healed you.”  The beggar seems to be healed, begins reaching out to Jesus, and follows him, praising God.

What have I seen?  Can this really have happened?  What can this mean? Who is this God who shows compassion to street people and outcasts?  A God who seems to listen? 

Are we willing to share our deepest desires with this God?  Our fears and worries?  Can we trust that this God we see in the Gospels, who seems too good to be true, is in fact true? Spend some time today walking with this listening Jesus and opening up your heart to him.

Tom Reynolds is the Higher Education Assistant for the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.

 

Prayer

Lord, sometimes we are blind to your work in our lives, or we cannot see your presence in the people or circumstances around us.  Open our eyes to see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, each and every day. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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November 16, 2020

Lk 18: 35-43

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Jesus stood still and ordered the man 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 see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.-spanish

A God who is not too good to be true

St. Ignatius suggested an imaginative form of contemplation for engaging the Gospels in which we place ourselves in the scene, experience the sounds, sights, and smells of the moment, and watch Jesus closely as he reaches out both to those following him and to those he encounters by chance.  In today’s Gospel, what details do we notice?

  • A crowd is pressing around Jesus as I strain to get a good view of him.
  •  A ragged beggar by the side of the road begins yelling, and I struggle to hear what he’s saying, even as some in the crowd try to silence him and push him away from getting close to Jesus.
  •  Finally, I hear the beggar say “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” And Jesus stops to listen. The noise from the crowd grows silent, and we all watch the two men. 
  • When Jesus asks, “What do you want?”—the man replies, “I want to see,” and I finally realize he is blind.
  • Jesus says in response. “Receive your sight.  Your faith has healed you.”  The beggar seems to be healed, begins reaching out to Jesus, and follows him, praising God.

What have I seen?  Can this really have happened?  What can this mean? Who is this God who shows compassion to street people and outcasts?  A God who seems to listen? 

Are we willing to share our deepest desires with this God?  Our fears and worries?  Can we trust that this God we see in the Gospels, who seems too good to be true, is in fact true? Spend some time today walking with this listening Jesus and opening up your heart to him.

Tom Reynolds is the Higher Education Assistant for the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.

 

Prayer

Lord, sometimes we are blind to your work in our lives, or we cannot see your presence in the people or circumstances around us.  Open our eyes to see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, each and every day. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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