November 15, Monday, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43 & Luke 18:35-43
The blind beggar is an excellent example of the persistence in prayer spoken of by Jesus in Saturday's Gospel (Luke 18: 1 – 8). He keeps on shouting, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" Until he gets what he wants from Jesus.
Jesus stopped. Could these words be perhaps the two most essential words in the Gospel? Jesus stops. He makes time for a poor blind beggar. We do not even know his name. He is an anonymous cipher on the social scale. He was blind, but he had a vision for he knew who Jesus was, as he cried: "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me."
Nothing moves the heart of Jesus and unleashes his power as faith does. "Have sight; your faith has saved you."
It is by faith that we receive God's grace and salvation. But note that the blind man, upon receiving the grace of healing from Jesus, follows Him and gives glory to God. The people are infected by His cure and his glorifying God, and they, in turn, give praise to God.
Let us not stop the grace that is within us but spread it to others by our graceful witness. Do not let grace stop with you. Spread it to others by your grateful witness.