Today’s Bible verse was “eye-opening” to say the least:
As they left Jericho, a great crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “[Lord,] Son of David, have pity on us!” The crowd warned them to be silent, but they called out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have pity on us!” Jesus stopped and called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They answered him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” Moved with pity, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight, and followed him.
Now, I know I have heard before the comparison between the blind men and the rest of us. We are all, at times, blind to what is right before us. And sometimes we are blind to God.
But what struck me when I read this passage was the crowd warning them to be quiet. The blind men were calling out to Jesus “open our eyes” and the crowd was trying to dissuade them, telling them to shut up. Sometimes it seems like today’s crowd is still trying to silence those who seek Jesus, those who long to have their eyes opened.
Help me to continue to cry out for you, even when the world tries to silence me. Open my eyes, Lord!