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).
We live in a world where people search for meaning. The people around us search for significance. We want to have meaning. We want to have purpose. A common buzz word for the significance people search for is “truth.” And, for many, it continues to be an exercise in futility because these same people seem to spend their time looking in all the wrong places.
It seems to me, many of these people are as blind spiritually as the two men in the lesson were blind physically. They spend their day waiting and hoping, hoping that people will show mercy on them. In Jesus’ day, this was the only way for a blind person to support themselves, to go out and beg.
When the two men in our lesson heard Jesus was coming, they wanted to make that connection. They shouted for Jesus to have mercy on them. Those around them told them, in essence, “Shut up. Be satisfied with your ability to beg. You shouldn’t bother Jesus with your foolishness.”
I fear that this, all too often is the role the Church plays in the lives of the spiritually blind. We know about the One who has the power to change lives, to REALLY change lives and we all too often tend to treat it like it is an issue of the highest national security. We act as though we don’t know what the power of Jesus can do and refuse to share it with a hurting world.
I have heard it said, “The Church, at its best is a place where one hobo can tell another hobo where to find bread.” That is what we should be, for starters. But, we should be something even more. We should be the place that feeds a hungry world. But we should also be the place where the world learns about real significance. We should be the place where people hear the Good News that God loves them. The Church should be the place where real, hurting people find significance, purpose and truth. It is a place where people can quickly learn that they have found the right place for all those things.
The Church and Christians should, not in the Biblical era, not in any time past, the present or in the future be a place where the spiritual hurting of the world hear, “Be quiet.”
Where else should people go to find significance and meaning for their lives?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thankfulness,
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