“What do you want me to do for you?…” (Lk 18, 35-43) | RCF

Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke

As Jesus approached Jericho,
a blind man was begging, sitting by the side of the road.
Hearing the crowd pass in front of him,
he inquired what was there.
He was told that it was Jesus the Nazarene who was passing.
He yelled :
“Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me! »
Those who walked ahead
snubbed him to silence him.
But he cried even louder:
“Son of David, have mercy on me! »
Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought to him.
When he approached, Jesus asked him:
“What do you want me to do for you? »
He answered :
“Lord, may I regain my sight. »
And Jesus said to him:
“Find your sight! Your faith has saved you. »
Instantly he regained his sight,
and he followed Jesus giving glory to God.
And all the people, seeing this,
gave praise to God.

Source: AELF

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This blind man, crossed by Jesus on the road that takes him to Jerusalem, is one of the countless strangers that Christ found on his way and who then disappear from the radar screens of the gospel. He meets Jesus. This meeting does him good, it transforms him internally to the point that he is cured of the illness that strikes him. “Your faith has saved you,” Jesus told her: the story of this encounter is a story of faith. For that is what faith is: encountering Christ, finally opening our eyes to the world around us and to ourselves, and sometimes going so far as to put ourselves in his footsteps by becoming his disciple, as is the case for this man whose name we do not even know.

Later, John, when he wrote his gospel, made this episode an allegory of the life of faith. To begin by meeting Christ, to let oneself be transformed by him, and finally to recognize him as the one who came to restore our sight and illuminate our lives: in these few lines can be summed up the story of any believer.

Here, then, is a story that seems quite banal, since it is repeated in many places in the Gospel. Here, however, the evangelists add a small personal note: it is the question that Jesus asks the blind man: “What do you want me to do for you?” »

This is the most difficult question. It is not just about Jesus. What do we expect from God? What do we expect from others, what do we expect from life? To respond to it in truth, we must go down to the depths of ourselves, go to the depths of our deepest desire, and present it to God in prayer. That’s what the blind man was able to do, and that’s why his wish was granted. It’s not always easy, because it forces you to look at yourself as you are, and not as you should be. But this is how you regain your sight, how you become able to open your eyes to yourself. From blind, we become sighted, lucid.

Lord, like the blind man of Jericho, we met you on our way. May this encounter change our gaze and enable us to present to you the desire hidden deep within ourselves.

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