As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-39)
My mom was close to blind when she died. Her home was familiar, and she rarely complained, and my oldest sister was her caregiver. So, often I didn’t think about her difficulty. My oldest sister cared for her. She couldn’t drive, so it took away her independence, her cupboards were dirty because she couldn’t see the dirt, and she missed the beauty of creation. But she always saw the beauty and hope of Jesus.
Unlike those leading the way, the blind man understood Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of David. He couldn’t see the beauty in a sunrise or sunset, but he saw the beauty and hope of Jesus. He knew Jesus’ purpose was to heal everyone’s blindness to the mercy of God, so he was persistent in his faith.
How often do we have compassion for beggars and the blind. We try to pretend they don’t exist by looking in another direction, or worse yet, when they knock on our windows, we wave them off. Jesus is their only hope. If we don’t help them, Jesus will find another to do His work when the beggar has persistent faith.
Father God, let me be aware you’re always with me. Guide me to have compassion for those less fortunate and build faith as one dependent on You. Help me be persistent in showing others Your love and mercy. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.