Think of how much we use our senses every day. We need to see so as not to bump into things, and to take in knowledge. We need to hear to understand, to communicate. I'm sure every one of us has had a cold, at one point where your senses are distorted. You don't function as you normally do right? Can you imagine losing your Sight or your hearing permanently? Perhaps you already know this feeling. Now think of back in Jesus' time, where people were healed, completely renewed by the power of God's grace. Jesus could heal just by speaking, or touching a person, doing miraculous things.
Today's Gospel states:'As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him 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 receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God'(Luke 18:35-43).
In today's Gospel, Jesus Heals a blind man because of his faith. He performs a miraculous deed in God's name, changing this man's life for the better. If we have faith, we can not only be used to do great things, but great things will come our way. Though bad things do happen in the world, and sometimes healing cannot be found, God is present in each and every one of us and using our lives for the better. Take some time to ask God to help the sick and those who need healing.
Today's prayer comes from 'prayers for special help' a prayer for healing:
All our times are in Thy hand. All diseases come at Thy call, and go at Thy bidding. Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies. We bless Thee, that Thou hast heard prayer, and commanded deliverances for our friend and Thy servant, who has been under Thine afflicting hand.
He (or she) was brought low, but Thou hast helped him (her). May he (she) not only live, but declare the works of the Lord!
As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death, may he daily inquire:What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me,and resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name of the Lord.
May we ever remember that recovery is only a reprieve and that some day we will go to our rest in the Lord. May we therefore secure the righteous path and live with eternity ever in our view. Amen.