November 17, 2008
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Memorial
Luke 18: 35-43
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!" Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see." Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you give each man what he needs if he asks it of you with faith. I know that I may not always get what I want or think I need, but if I trust in you, I will always get what youknow I need. As I begin this meditation, I trust in your infinite love.
Petition: Christ Jesus, help me to persevere in doing good and avoiding evil, so that I may please you and thus enjoy your love for all eternity.
1. Only Christ’s Opinion Matters
As Christ draws near to this man who had heard of his approach, an interesting dynamic develops. Blind for years, the man is a lonely beggar, for what work could he do without sight? This is his chance. He has heard of the great things that Christ has done, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to encounter Christ. A choice must be made. He thinks, “Either I implore his help, or I sit in shame and silence and let him pass by.” With barely a second’s thought, he cries out Jesus’ name again and again. Others in the crowd tell him repeatedly to be quiet, but their opinion does not matter. The man has his sights fixed firmly on his goal: to meet Jesus.
2. Knock and the Door Shall Be Opened unto You
Christian life presents many obstacles that can prevent us from seeking holiness. One of the most trying of these is monotony. Every day seems the same; nothing is fresh. Where is all this leading? This is our opportunity to exercise our faith! If we start each day anew, firmly convinced Christ has something to tell us every day, indeed every moment, a new freshness begins to enter. We pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”; that is, “Lord, give me what you know I need to love you more.”
3. Seeing with Eyes of Faith
When Christ restores sight to the blind, it also signals a restoration of faith. Eyesight and faith are commonly compared in the Gospels. Our eyes see the realities of the material world, and our faith sees the realities of the spiritual world. How wonderful it is that Christ would compare things that would normally be too lofty for us to understand with things that we know and experience everyday! When this man received his faith, he became the most joyful man on the face of the earth, because he had known what it meant to live without having. Sometimes it is also good for us to experience difficulties so that we can truly appreciate God’s many gifts.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I know that you have blessed me beyond measure. Even though I have some crosses to carry in my life, you permit them out of love. Lord, grant me the grace to maintain the spirit of gratitude throughout my day today.
Resolution: Today I will make a visit to Christ in the Eucharist or make a spiritual communion to thank him for his many blessings.
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