Father John Doyle, LC
Now 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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you
are the Alpha and the Omega. You have given me
life and offer me eternal life with you. You
deserve my honor, gratitude and love, and yet you
never impose yourself upon me. Thank you for respecting my
freedom so that I can offer myself to you.
All that I have is yours; I return it to
Petition: Lord, grant me greater faith
in your constant and continual presence in my life.
by the Roadside: How many times in life have
we felt like this blind beggar sitting by the
roadside, down-and-out and hard on luck – physically, spiritually
or emotionally? Witnessing our distress, some people simply walked
by without a care. Maybe they tossed us a coin,
though they didn’t really help us out of our
discouragement or difficulty. Others might have jeered at us or
not dared to look at us. Some may even
have scolded us, like the people in the Gospel
telling the beggar “to be silent.” Just as the blind
beggar of today’s Gospel could not give himself what
he most desired – sight, we are unable to
give ourselves what we most need – faith. Do I
regularly ask for an increase of faith? Am I
aware of how much I need a strong faith?
Is Passing By: The book of Job tells us that
“human beings have a hard service on earth” (Job
7:1). It shouldn’t be surprising, then, when in our
lives as Christians we take some real blows and even
some falls. God doesn’t want us to become discouraged.
He wants us to see these as opportunities to
turn to him, the source of the strength and help
we need. Other voices will tell us to be
quiet and not bother the Master: “After all, you
just need to work things out”, “With so much going
on, how can you find time to pray?” Jesus
constantly passes by. He is the only one who can
bring me the peace my heart desires and longs
for. “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
3. Lord, Please Let Me See: Jesus promises us
that he will listen to our request, just as
he did to the blind man. But what should our
request be? To have a more comfortable stool so
as to sit by the road and beg with
ease? To have a beautiful silver cup to collect coins
in? Or to see? Often what we really need
is not what we ask for in prayer. We need
the vision that only the supernatural virtue of faith
can give. We need the ability to see everything
from God’s vantage point and to see how the difficulties
and trials we experience are part of a bigger
picture. We need to have the firm assurance of
the final victory of the Lamb, Jesus, and the strength
to persevere in fidelity. Lord, please let me see…
Please increase my faith.
Conversation with Christ: Lord
Jesus, allow me to praise and glorify you for your
constant companionship and for never leaving me alone in
my struggles and trials. Increase my faith so that
I will be able to experience your love even amidst
difficulty and trials.
Resolution: I will pray
three “Our Fathers” for an increase of faith among my