Shari Jackson Monson
As you read today’s passage, do so using all of the senses you possess. If you like, close your eyes, and listen to it read aloud by another voice. Put yourself in the sandals of the two blind men. Imagine how difficult it must have been to make your way along first century roadways. Do you think others helped them out, or not? We do not know how long these men have been following Jesus, but even a mile must have been difficult. As you hear their cry for mercy, what comes to mind?
Listen again from Jesus’ perspective. Keep in mind, he has previously healed others in public settings. Why do you suppose Jesus chose to speak with the blind men privately?
There are many possibilities. Here’s one. Had the men kept quiet they may have continued on the journey with Jesus all the way to the Jerusalem. For reasons we’re not told, the will to heed Jesus’ warning was simply not present. Instead, verse 34 says, ‘they went away and spread his fame through all that district’.
We are invited to deepen our discipleship with Jesus by paying attention to what he asks. Sometimes the invitation is to keep quiet. How hard is this for you to do?
O Lord, we come to you this day, believing that you truly are a merciful Savior. Help us, in our belief, to be open to whatever it is that you have in store for our journey with you. Yes, Lord. I will follow you. Amen.
Shari Jackson Monson is the interim pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church in Normandy Park, near Seattle Washington.
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