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Bible reflection: Jesus heals the blind man

Staff  |  13 November 2019

In this week’s Bible reflection we consider Luke’s Gospel of Jesus healing the blind man.

Gospel reading for Monday, 18 November 2019
Luke 18:35-43
'Son of David, have pity on me'

As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So, he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied, ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned, and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened.


  • Can you imagine the scene? How would you have reacted to the blind man? Would you have stopped and told him what was going on? Spoken to him? Passed by without stopping?
  • Why did Jesus have pity on the man?
  • How do you react when you receive blessings from God?

Reflection from

Monday 18 November 2019
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64. Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands – Psalm 118(119):53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158. Luke 18:35-43.
‘What do you want me to do for you?’

What needs healing in my life? Is there a blindness that I would like Jesus to heal? To put it differently, is there a darkness limiting my vision of life? Let us turn to Jesus and ask for healing, life and light.

As we know, transformation takes time, but that doesn’t mean that transformation isn’t real. It begins when we approach Jesus with our needs. ‘Heal me. Let me see again.’ Today, let us hear this gospel in hope, trusting that Jesus desires us to see life itself, and one another, in new and loving ways.

God of light, you send forth Jesus to be our source of hope in th


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