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.
In today's Gospel reading, a man who was blind was sitting by the roadside begging. When he knew about Jesus passing by, He shouted: "Son of David, have mercy on me!" People ordered him to be quiet, but he shouted even more loudly. In the end, he could come near Jesus, and Jesus restored his sight.
For Israelites, "Son of David" is a title reserved for Messiah. Even though this man was blind, his mind was very clear. When others ordered him to be quiet, he shouted even more loudly. It is because he knew that Jesus is indeed the Saviour sent by God, the one who could really help him.
When he could come near Jesus as he wished, Jesus asked: "What do you want me to do for you?" In our prayers, we often tell Jesus about our many different needs that we wish to be granted. When Jesus ask us the same question, how would we reply? The blind man said: "Lord, let me see again." Even though we can see physically with our eyes, it is more important to see in our different life experiences what God wants us to learn and comprehend, as well as where He wants us to go.
Lord, let us see!