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.
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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Imagine yourself in a crowd, and you get a glimpse of a man rumored to cure and to heal. Upon seeing him, your heart leaps with joy and leaps with the resounding inner assurance that this is the Messiah. This is the person capable of saving you and healing you from your innermost struggle. With your entire being and in hopeful determination you shout out, “Jesus, have pity on me!”
Jesus, hearing your voice, turns and notices you. He asks some of his disciples to bring you close to him. With the help of others, you stand before him. Jesus looks right at you and asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” From deep within, the deepest desires of your heart arise.
With complete honesty, I invite you to sit with Jesus and share your reply. Then pause, and with the faith of the blind man on the road to Jericho, listen to Jesus’ words for you.
—Becky Eldredge is a spiritual director, writer, retreat facilitator and mom of three.
How do you, Lord, look at me? What do you feel in your heart for me?
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