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Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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. (LUKE 18:35-43)

I have been wearing glasses since I was in the first grade. After all this time I can still remember getting my first pair of glasses and how different things were because I now had glasses. Over the years I have tried contacts and have broken more pair of glasses that I can remember. Through all of it I continue to be dependent upon my glasses. I do relate a bit to the man in today’s scripture that was asking Jesus to restore his sight. I cannot imagine being able to see without my glasses. I also can’t imagine not being able to see. The bigger lesson that Luke wants us to take away from the recounting of this miracle is how Jesus can help us see things differently. The gift of sight goes well beyond just seeing the world. It goes directly to see others as Jesus sees them and seeing all things as a gift. Today let us all take a moment and look beyond what we see around us. How does God want us to see those people and things that we encounter today?

Heavenly God,

You have blessed us with many great gifts.

Help us to use them responsibly and celebrate Your presence in each other

and pass on Your vision for the Kingdom of God to those we encounter today.


Daryl Thuringer
Vice President Marketing & Public Relations, Avera

1 MACCABEES 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 • PSALM 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 ● LUKE 18:35-43

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