Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Elizabeth of HungaryNovember 17th, 2014
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. This man was particularly misfortunate – he was blind and he was also a beggar.
In this story, the crowd play an important role. At first the crowd were positive: they told the blind man that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Then they placed an obstacle in his way and rebuked him, when he called out to Jesus for mercy.
Earlier in this same chapter the disciples of Jesus had rebuked people for bringing children to him. Do we sometimes prevent people from approaching Jesus by our attitude and by placing obstacles in their way?
The blind man does not lose courage – he shouts all the louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” For the first time this blind man uses the Messianic title to address Jesus. When Jesus questions the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” he answers simply that he wishes to recover his sight.
It was not only the blind man who received his sight: the Gospel says that “when the people saw, they also praised God.”