‘He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David have mercy on me!’’ Luke 18: 38-39 [NIV]
To be a beggar meant to lose dignity and pride, yet to be a blind beggar had even more stigma. In Jesus’ time there was no medical aid and people tended to ignore their obligation to care for the needy.
Yet along came Jesus, full of compassion, hope and love, intent on the changing the hearts of those around Him to show care for the untouchables of society. If you have time to read the whole story, you can read it here.
The blind beggar could not see Jesus but he could feel His presence and power. Against the rebukes and being told to be silent, he persists and insists on pleading for Jesus’ attention and mercy. He did not presume that Jesus would come but he knew who He really was. Jesus loved his faith and restored his sight and life to him.
We may feel at times rebuked by others, but if we keep persisting in seeking Jesus, He will help us and in helping us we can share His love and compassion with those in need around us.
Prayer– Lord Jesus, may I show your love and compassion on others today, as you lavish your love and compassion on me. Amen
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