We may find the Book of Revelation’s graphic language about cosmic events hard to understand. But for the faithful Christians for whom it was originally written, the message of assurance that God had not abandoned them was evident. They saw a vision of a world renewed by its Creator, giving them hope during a very dark hour. As our lives continue to be changed and challenged by not only a pandemic but also by division and discord in our families, our Church, and our society, we long for a message of hope during our current darkness.
As this darkness drags on, it is tempting to give into discouragement as we grow weary with the effort of maintaining our balance and our faith in the Lord and one another. Saint Peter Julian wrote to Mrs. Camille d’Andigne in 1868: “Do you know what people do when they swim during a storm? They try to keep their head always above water and close their eyes against the waves. Close your eyes in order not to see the horrors of the waves and cry out to God: He will surely come!”
In the reading from Luke today, we see a blind man crying out to God despite the efforts of those around him to keep him silent. “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” A simple but profound call coming from a heart full of faith that he would not be abandoned. And Jesus hears and responds to his call and his faith. “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
Do we believe that God will surely come when we cry out as we swim against the darkness facing us? In our personal prayer, let us cry out, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” In our communal prayer, let us cry out, “Lord, that we may see.”
Let us pray:
Lord, we give you thanks for the gift of faith you have given to us. We ask that you send your Spirit into our hearts to increase and strengthen our faith. Enable us to trust that you will hear and respond to the cries of our hurting human family. Amen.
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