‘As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”’

Today’s Gospel reading, set out here, gives us much food for thought. First, we may hear this story as related to our own spiritual or interior blindness – ‘Lord, that we may receive our sight’. The blind man’s call is very close to what we know as the ‘Jesus prayer’, and as such we can pray it often, in faith. And, finally, ‘Jesus stopped’. He heard, and paused in whatever He was doing, and wherever He was going, to attend to the cry of the needy. So it is with us. He asks us to state our need, and, even if e don’t know precisely what that need is, just the attempt will satisfy, for we are told that He knows our needs before we ask.

May this story resonate richly in our hearts this day, and may God bless us all.