A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 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.

RFLECTION: “Lord, please let me see.”

Jesus: "What do you want me to do for you"?

Blind Man: "Lord, please let me see."

Jesus: "Have sight, your faith has saved you."

Blind Man: He immediately received his sight and followed Him, giving glory to God.

Sometimes we complicate our relationship with God. What do we really want from God when He asks, "What do you want me to do for you?"

Usually I come up with a list--family, addiction, illness, faith, conversions, elections, country and salvation of souls.

But do we really know what we want when we ask God for help? The blind man did not say, "Make me see". He said, "Let me see." He acknowledged the wisdom and power of God, working from within him and the gift only God could give. The blind man did not demand his sight but asked God to allow him to see. And Jesus knew exactly what he wanted and needed.

Do we tell God our problems, sometimes the obvious and ask for His will or do we try to convince Him to do our will? Put all your confidence in God and do what you can to please Him. Put your trust in His grace.


"O, my children, fear the Lord;

for they who fear Him shall lack nothing,

and if you love Him, He will give you,

my darlings, prosperity in this life

and everlasting happiness with all the saints."

(St Margaret of Scotland)


Feast Day November 16

God Bless You

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