Learning from the Blind Beggar

Posted on May 14, 2014

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-42)

The beggar was doing what beggars do, beg. In this man’s case, this was all he could do, rely on the kindness of others to survive. The blind man put himself in a place to be seen. The crowd with Jesus was something to be heard.

Jesus creates commotion. Things happen when he’s around and it’s not uncommon for others to notice. The blind man could tell something was going on, something he wanted to know more about. As the story continues, isn’t it interesting that people were trying to keep the blind man from making a scene, from bothering Jesus?

How often do we find ourselves trying not to bother Jesus?

How often do we, as the Church, try to keep people from causing a scene in their attempts to encounter Jesus?

How willing are we to answer Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”