14th of November (English)

Publié le 13 Novembre 2016

Scripture:  

Luke 18:35-43

 

35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; 36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." 42 And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." 43 And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

 

The contemplation

 

If Jesus has said, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well”,  Jesus has understood the silent and deep process of faith which led the blind man towards  this healing and all that he has undergone, both personal, social and religious.  Today when we look his interior life, we understand the meaning of his crying, but also the strength of this crying with full energy.

Let us not fail to ask this fundamental question; who was actually blind? The one who has recognized the savoir of Life, the Light of the world, or the people who failed to see in Jesus, the Christ who has come to save the world?  This personal examination of conscience will help us to identify our own blindness before the truth, and the necessity to cry like this man, with all our energy. He know that Jesus was the only person who could give him sight. In directly, has become already the disciple of Christ, following the events and the miracles, particularly the teaching of Jesus with authority. He has already received the message of the Saviour of the world, who has come to give sight to the blind.

If we too desire to receive this light, the Light of Christ, we should identify our own blindness, have courage to cry, and remain faithful to all that we have learned from Christ. The deep faith in Christ will give us all these.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers

The blind man knows that Jesus is the Son of David and the Messiah, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)

"The blind man must have understood that the sight of the blind cannot be restored by human means but requires, on the contrary, a divine power and an authority such as God only possesses. With God nothing whatsoever is impossible. The blind man came near to him as to the omnipotent God. How then does he call him the Son of David? What can one answer to this? The following is perhaps the explanation. Since he was born and raised in Judaism, of course, the predictions contained in the law and the holy prophets concerning Christ had not escaped his knowledge. He heard them chant that passage in the book of the Psalms, 'The Lord has sworn in truth to David, and will not annul it, saying: "of the fruit of your loins I will set a king upon your throne"' (Psalm 132:11). 

"The blind man also knew that the blessed prophet Isaiah said, 'There will spring up a shoot from the root of Jesse, and from his root a flower will grow up' (Isaiah 11:1). Isaiah also said, 'Behold, a virgin will conceive and bring forth a son, and they will call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us' (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). He already believed that the Word, being God, of his own will had submitted to be born in the flesh of the holy Virgin. He now comes near to him as to God and says, 'Have mercy on me, Son of David.' Christ testifies that this was his state of mind in offering his petition. He said to him, 'Your faith has saved you.'" (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 126)

 

 

 

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