Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me. Have pity on me, a sinner.
The cry of the blind man in the Gospel of Luke is ringing in my ears today. Ringing in my heart, too.
Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.
The blind man was healed:
…”Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God.”Luke 18:41-43 (excerpts)
Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me, a sinner. Lord, open my eyes. Relieve me of my blindness.
I realize now that when Jesus made the blind see, they weren’t just healed to see goodness and beauty, to be dazzled by sunsets and to see the faces of their mothers and to view the intricacies of the world around them, but that their new eyes would also see pain, witness injustice, view in an undeniable way the hurting of others. Their new eyes would see the blindness of others in an entirely new and nuanced way. The blind would see.
To whom much is given, much is required.
Today my prayer is that Jesus would break down all of my blind spots so that I might see and be converted by the suffering of others.
I pray that I would be granted the grace of vision, that I might see injustice and be moved to push back against it.
I pray that my faith would save me and grant me eyes to see poverty and to look at it with the gentle eyes of my Savior, gazing not with judgement, but with love.
I pray that I might be granted the grace to view these troubling times, this weight of history, the things that worry me, people who hold views that scare me, that I would be able to see it all through eyes that seek first the Kingdom of God and not my own comfort or my own understanding.
I pray that my heart would be transformed by the Son of David and from that transformation, that I would see, not only through my own lens of defensiveness and dismissal, but through eyes made clear by the One who sees us all purely and clearly in the light of eternal love.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart make my heart like unto Thine. Make my eyes like unto Thine.