Last Monday, I shared my insight about The Blind Beggar on the Gospel of Luke in front of my co-brothers. Fortunately, The Blind Beggar on the Gospel of Luke is one of my favorite stories in the Bible that really moves me and makes me inspired and a little bit emotional. Here’s what I shared to them;
“Lord, Please let me see.”
What it means to be blind? If we will consult Medical Science, blindness is a disability and an impediment to the sight. However, if we will consult a blind person, do we think what she/he will be saying jives on what the Medical Science describes? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, blind person’s description about blindness would be more appealing than what Medical Science describes because he/she experienced it. I remember Hellen Keller. Her blindness was one of her struggles in order to appreciate life’s blessings. She really endured it with great pain and suffering. Being impaired with blindness did not stop her to persevere, to appreciate her life courageously, and to move on. She still continued her journey with steadfastness hoping to “see” the light of her life in spite of her darkness that discourages her to embrace happiness and joy in the midst of tensions and grief.
Having read Hellen Keller’s story gives me an idea what’s within the experience of the blind beggar in the gospel; rejection, angst, hopelessness, pain, suffering, depression, anxiety, remorse, and discouragement. But, in spite of all these “evils”, he moved on and hearing the name of Jesus, without hesitation he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me”! Although being rebuked by the people along the street, he shouted courageously all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me”! What made the bind beggar not afraid of shouting the name of Jesus as Son of David despite the oppositions? In the midst of tribulations and blindness, the blind beggar still identifies and recognizes Jesus’ role as Messiah; the one who will bring salvation to all humility, and the one who will bring recovery of sight to the blind like him. Pondering this, his firm faith amidst his unpleasant situation gives me some realizations; (1) His firm faith leads him to recognize Jesus as the one and only “prime mover” of life, (2) His firm faith made him realize that Jesus is the only hope, and (3) His firm faith brought him into a new perspective and a new beginning which led Him to follow it and consider it as guide for his life. What an irony! Considering blindness as a curse and shame became a blessing of disguise for the blind beggar by just saying “Lord, please let me see” as the expression of his firm faith. Indeed, it was such a great blessing and relief on his part receiving the response of Jesus, “Receive your sight, your faith has save you.”
How about us who enjoy much the light? How about us who are more fortunate than the blind beggar? Do we still recognize Jesus in the light? Do we consider Jesus as the light of our lives? Out of darkness, the blind beggar saw the light and recognizes Jesus because of his firm faith, but as we look upon ourselves, why there’s still a difficulty for us to recognize Jesus as we enjoy the light? These are some of the burning questions that boggled my mind as I pondered the richness of the gospel for today. But, my reflection is this; one of the most difficult parts to face in our lives is our own blindness. Yes indeed, we cannot deny the fact that we have our own blindness that is hard to get rid-off. Our blindness is causes us to be pessimistic in life, to be grouchy individuals, self-centred, depreciative of other’s uniqueness, selfish, suspicious of others’ mistakes, and guess what, to be number one complainers of life’s discomforts and inconveniences. But, amidst of all these things, there’s hope. The blind beggar’s providential experience with Jesus gives us an assurance that experiencing the love and mercy of Jesus in spite of our own blindness is possible through firm faith. Through firm faith we are loved by Jesus though we have our own blindness. Through firm faith we are humbled in front of Him who is our source of reliance, our fortress, and our strength. In the midst of our own blindness, let us never forget to perceive the goodness of Jesus, our source of hope, mercy, and love. Let us open our own blindness to Him by saying, “Lord, please let me see”, and for sure He will say, “Receive you sight, for your faith has save you” with great love and mercy.
In conclusion, let us pray in solidarity to all the victims of violence around the world especially in Paris. May the light and love of Jesus shines above against the emerging blindness that rules the world due to false ideologies and heartless principles which suggest such a propaganda called doom.