As Jesus and his disciples were going out of Jericho a large crowd followed him. When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Now the crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord, we want to see,” they replied. Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they were able to see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, Common English Bible).
I have always found it interesting that when these two guys saw Jesus coming, Their first response was to as that Jesus show them mercy. They are blind. They can’t see a thing. And, for these two men, it seems pretty obvious what they really want and I don’t think I would attach the word mercy to it. I would have come right out and told Jesus what I wanted him to do. But that is not what these two did. “Lord, show us mercy.”
It caused me to pause for a minute and look the word up in an online dictionary. Mercy means, “Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.” Would Jesus have brought harm to the two men? I think if you were to ask the man who had a girl possessed by a demon.
They didn’t care about the girl or to see her healed. In fact the opposite was true. They were making money off the girl’s plight. When Jesus healed her, they lost their easy living. They cared nothing about the girl, their only interest was in putting the girl out for public show so they could make money.
If Jesus healed the two men, if he gave them back their sight, it might have changed things for them in perhaps some not so good ways too., There would be no more begging. In fact the opposite was true. Now it would be time to go out and work and make a living for themselves and their families.
Still, these two did not ask Jesus to heal them. They asked for mercy. While I was researching today’s post I ran across a Facebook meme that speaks to some of this.
A Handful of sand,
Thrown into the sea,
is what sinning is
especially when compared to
God’s providence and mercy.
St. Isaac the Syrian
God is always given us more than we deserve. We deserve punishment. God gives us healing and grace. That is mercy. May we all know it, receive it, and share it. It is part of that free gift to you.
May we all find mercy in the arms of our Loving God. It is more than we deserve yet God gives it to us anyway.
How has God shown mercy in your life? Are you sharing that mercy with others?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thankfulness,
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