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<< Monday, November 19, 2001 >>
 
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
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Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 Luke 18:35-43
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BLIND FAITH

 
"The answer came that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by." —Luke 18:37
 

The blind man heard that Jesus was passing by. We may hear this same message when we think of praying, are invited to church, listen to a Christian program, or mention Jesus in a conversation. What do we do when we hear Jesus is passing by? The blind man shouted the prayer: "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" (Lk 18:38) After the blind man was sternly ordered to shut up, he courageously and boldly shouted louder: "Son of David, have pity on me!" (Lk 18:39) After disobeying the orders of those trying to silence him, the blind man obeyed Jesus' orders and came close to Him (Lk 18:40). The blind man addressed Jesus as Lord (Lk 18:41), and he asked to see. He was immediately healed after Jesus said: "Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you" (Lk 18:42).

The blind man was healed after he expressed his faith by:

  • recognizing the opportunity when Jesus passed by,
  • shouting and praying,
  • courageously disobeying certain men,
  • obeying Jesus,
  • coming close to Jesus, and
  • recognizing Jesus as Savior, Messiah, and Lord.

Jesus, give us the faith of the blind man.

 
Prayer: Father, "increase our faith" (Lk 17:5).
Promise: "They preferred to die rather than be defiled with unclean food or to profane the holy covenant." —1 Mc 1:63
Praise: Joyce, on crutches, evangelizes a poor neighborhood each Monday. Her courage and her faith in Jesus touch many hearts.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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