“What do you want me to do for you?” ~ Jesus (Luke 18:41)
In today’s Gospel (Luke 18:35-43) we find Jesus on the road to Jericho, where he suddenly encounters a blind man who implores the Son of God to cure him of his affliction. The man is humble yet very persistent, calling out loudly “Son of David, have pity on me!” It is this persistence coupled with his faith that ultimately brings about his healing at the hands of Jesus. This passage details one of the many times throughout Jesus’ ministry that he healed a blind man. Through the timeless gift of the Gospel, Jesus continues to cure those of us who suffer from occasional or even habitual bouts of spiritual blindness.
Devotees of Saint Lucy, the Patron Saint of the blind, have been known to say the following prayer when seeking this great virgin and martyr’s intercession:
“O God, our creator and redeemer, mercifully hear our prayers so that as we venerate your servant Saint Lucy, for the light of Faith you bestowed upon her, increase and preserve this very same light in our souls, so that we may be able to avoid evil, to do good and to abhor nothing so much as the blindness and darkness of evil and sin. Relying on your goodness O God, we humbly ask you, by the intercession of your servant Saint Lucy, that you would give perfect vision to our eyes, that they may serve only for your greater honor and glory, and for the salvation of souls in this world, so that we may come to the enjoyment of the unfailing light of the Lamb of God in paradise.”
This beautiful prayer speaks of a vision not necessarily of the 20/20 variety, but instead a desire to cultivate and possess a spiritual vision rooted in wisdom, discernment, self-control, service, and love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We all need help with overcoming our “spiritual blind spots.”
Jesus’ mercy toward the blind man is but a harbinger of that which is to come. The full breadth and scope of his enormous healing power is made manifest in his desire to spare us from the scourge of sin and death, so that we can in fact dwell in this unfailing light of the lamb of God in paradise for all of eternity.
“Lord, help us to see”