Monday, November 15, 2021

“We can learn to appreciate the true state of our own souls when we encounter the poor whom we consider to be “undeserving”. How richly has God provided for us, yet how many times have we squandered his grace by our sin? How many times has he forgiven us, and how many times have we fallen again? It is we who are the beggars by the side of the road, the beggars who have been given everything they could possibly need, but who have lost it through their own foolishness..........Therefore, let us not be too harsh on our fellow beggars, for we are all beggars before Christ.”  

Gospel Text: (Lk 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.


Reflect, today, upon these four aspects of a deep prayer life that are presented to us through the witness of this blind beggar. First, ponder your weakness and poverty as you turn to God in prayer. Second, be attentive to the presence of God as He passes by, waiting for you to call to Him. Third, cry out to Him and beg Him to come closer. And fourth, work to overcome every obstacle to prayer and see those obstacles as opportunities to call out to God all the more.


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