Giving Hope to Someone Who has Lost It

Jesus healing a blindman

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.  And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.  So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.  And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.  (Luke 18:35-43)

Sometimes to imitate Jesus requires us to stop and listen to a cry for help that otherwise is lost in teh bustle of the crowd and noise of every day life.   It is in our power to imitate Jesus.   To imitate our Lord is to stop and listen to one who is in need.  To imitate Jesus is to give hope to someone that their voice is heard, that someone cares about them.  We don’t have to give sight to the blind, we can give them hope.   We may not be able to cure what ails each person, but we can let them know that  we care.  We can listen for the cries of the needy and to their pleas to assure them that they are in fact beloved of God.  We can wipe away tears from the eyes of the suffering, even if we cannot take away their pain.  We can notice them and affirm their importance by taking time from our busy lives – from all that is important to us – and making their existence important to our lives.  We affirm the sanctity of human life when we treat the humans we encounter in life as important to our own well being.   As Metropolitan Anthony Bloom said:

” …And I think that if we became even small light – if we became nothing but a small handful of salt that prevents corruption – if we could bring a little hope to the hearts of people who have lost all hope, a little faith in the sense of trust and faithfulness and knowledge of God, a little love, we would be fulfilling our vocation.  This is what we should bring, each of us perhaps a crumb, all of us all we possess, and express this in the readiness to give without asking any return.”   (Crow, Gillian, This Holy Man:  Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony, pg 159)