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The good news for the day November 14, 2016

Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (497)

As Jesus was walking into the town of Jericho, a man who could not see was sitting by the roadside begging; hearing a crowd going by, the man asked what was going on. People told him, “Jesus, the one from Nazareth, is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”  People walking along in the front of the crowd scolded him, telling him to shut up. But he kept on calling out, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped where he was, and directed them to bring him—and, when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What is it you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, oh, please, let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have your sight; your faith has done you well.” Right away, he received his sight and followed Jesus, giving glory to God. When they saw this, the whole crowd gave praise to God. (Luke 18)

A blind man asks to see. He sees. Jesus praises his faith. The crowd prays spontaneously to God in gratitude.

You and I have blindnesses—an inability or unwillingness to see what is important, what is the uncomfortable truth needed to be seen—and admit. It may be a little thing about family and how we treat one another. It may be something about how we see church, politics, society, and so on. But we need to start by admitting I am blind and I need help in seeing.

Our reluctance to see IS a flaw—blindness that every one of us in the crowd suffers from. Faith is courageous trust that the power of God can open eyes and let you see –see Jesus in front of you, see the public’s gratitude that now you have their faith—and their view. You do need to ask with a humble faith. The very asking IS faith.

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