Our first readings this week will be from 1 and 2 Maccabees. We'll meet some amazing heroes of the faith, from whom we can learn much. Today's Gospel reading from Luke 18 is the story of a blind beggar's encounter with Jesus.
When the blind beggar hears Jesus is nearby, he shouts, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" The people told him to pipe down, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!" Jesus restores his sight and he followed Jesus, "giving glory to God."
A blind person getting their sight is a pretty big deal, wouldn't you agree? But for Jesus, I suspect giving a blind man his sight was no big deal at all. The really big deal was the man's transformation. He followed Jesus and gave glory to God. Restoring the man's sight wasn't the end game. His transformation was. Because transformation is a really big deal.
Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me! Transform us today! Amen.
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