Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God. Luke 18:31-43
Receive Your Sight
Sometimes things get in the way
we are blind to our blessings
the light is obscured by walls
the truth refracted and aimed elsewhere.
We stumble thinking we have control
we fall as we take pride in our efforts
we blink and the world has changed
we become afraid in our alien hoemland.
The broken heart is broken open
the limbs which are painfu; are alive
the chill we feel in this dark season
preparation for an abundant harvest.
Let us put aside the blockades we built
arming ourselves with love and forgiveness
exercising our right to be more than fear
training our eyes to see in the deepest darkness.