Sunday Homily – The Blind Man of Jericho

14th SUNDAY OF LUKE, Luke 18, 35-43

As Jesus was nearing Jericho, a blind man in the way called out:
‘Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me’. Jesus asks what he wants from him, and the blind man begs that he may be given his sight. Jesus says to him: ‘Thy faith hath saved thee’.

We can relate this gospel in a special way to the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany. On these feasts, the Church gives us the same answer that the crowd gave to the blind man of Jericho: ‘ . . . he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by . . .’

The great light of Epiphany must not shine in vain in front of those who are blind. Let us ask the Lord Jesus to open our eyes: ‘What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? Lord, that I may receive my sight’.

Our eyes have become darkened by sin and they have lost sensitivity to the divine light. And yet, in God’s intention, this vision should be mine. But is my faith strong enough for Jesus to be able to say to me: ‘Thy faith hath saved thee’? The blind man of Jericho’s faith was very strong, for the more they tried to silence him ‘he cried out so much more, Thou son of David ….’ They also try to silence me – ‘they’ being my sins, my passions, the crowd of unbelievers. If I cry all the more strongly when sin tries to stop my voice, and if my call to Jesus rises above the voice of evil, then my faith is indeed a faith that is able to save. Is my faith really of that kind?

Source: The Year of Grace of the Lord, by a Monk of the Eastern Church

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