Monday, November 20, 2006


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!"

Luke 18:35-38

Why is it that we have read of two accounts of people shouting to Jesus, one was Bartemaeus, and now this one. But what I found is the people nearby telling them to be quiet interesting.

Just like we have people today trying to silence the voices of those who have faith. Or silence the many voices that dare to call out evil when they see it. When people of faith try to voice their concern for a growing sin, how people of no faith try to silence them.

Look at those who kill, and the many who try to right a wrong by praying and attempting to bring light to those in darkness. As in today's Gospel reading the people tried to keep the blind man silent, but his calling gained him Jesus' ear and his faith brought him healing and sight.

The world we live in has so much evil being done that we are blind too. It is those who shout to the many who are blind to change their ways. We have both today those who will shout all the louder for justice and those who shout just as loud to silence, because they do not want to see or hear.

The reading in Revelation had something to say about this: "Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” Rev. 2:5

Somewhere, somehow all the shouting we do amongst each other, one of these days we will begin to shout to Jesus to heal us.

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