29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?”he asked.
33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Like so many others, the beauty of this story is to be found in its simplicity.
It speaks in just a few verses of the deep compassion of Jesus and how, because of it, two men who were blind were healed.
It speaks to me, though, about something else – something for those of us who have pretty good, if not perfect, vision.
It’s the two requests – first from Jesus – then from the blind men.
Jesus: “What do you want me to do for you?”
This is, if you think about it, what Jesus asks all of us.
Hopefully, our answer is that of those two men – the next request in the story.
The Blind Men: “Lord, we want our sight.”
Isn’t that really what we all want? Isn’t that what we all desperately need?
We need Jesus to give us our sight…
- about our life’s purpose
- about our relationships
- about our responsibilities
- about how to, with God’s help, overcome whatever is weighing us down
- about what God would have us do for the kingdom – our vocation – regardless of how we make a living
These are things we need to see clearly about and God, in his mercy, can answer all of it.
Lord, open our eyes – that we may follow.