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Faith Daily | 14 November 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p603

Almighty God,

whose sovereign purpose none can make void:

give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world,

knowing that your kingdom shall come

and your will be done,

to your eternal glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.



GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 18: 35-43


35As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” 42Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” 43Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Kathy Allen


How wonderful that a man asked for mercy and Jesus restored his sight.


It is interesting that this parable makes clear that it is a beggar who regains his sight. Why not a rich man? Perhaps the beggar is a symbol of humility, a reminder that despite earthly riches, a humble heart is what leads us to God. It could be that despite 20/20 vision, it is the ability to see into our own hearts - our strengths, our weaknesses, our triumphs, our failings - that helps us in our daily struggle to follow the teachings of Jesus. “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.” This quote is attributed to John Heywood , the grandfather of the Church of England cleric and poet John Donne, based on Jeremiah 5:21. I think that it is fair to say that the struggles of the human heart have not changed a great deal since Heywood put pen to paper in 1546.


Furthermore, the beggar did not let Jesus pass him by but called out and asked for help. This is perhaps another demonstration of what might happen when we open our hearts and minds to God’s word. Jesus stopped for the beggar and, if we ask, He will stop for each of us too.


FINAL PRAYER Ira Sankey (1840-1908)


Jesus, Saviour, hear my call,

While at Thy feet I humbly fall:

To Thee, my Hope, my Life, my all

O blessed Lord, I come!...

Oh, take this wandering heart of mine.

And seal it, Lord, for ever Thine:

That I may know Thy love Devine,

O blessed Lord, I come!

Amen.

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