Friday June 29 2018

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Scripture: Matthew 20:29-34

Key verses: (29-34) 29As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” 32Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.

Reflection: Lord, let our eyes be opened.

Let our eyes be opened when it is dark around us. When we look and strain for a glimpse of light, but instead see just an engulfing darkness.

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

Let our eyes be opened when we don’t want to see what is right in front of us. When you have made the path clear, but it seems too hard, so we close our eyes to your signposts.

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

Let our eyes be opened to the needs of those around us. To the suffering, the hurting, the desperate, the lonely. To those closest to us, to those down the street. To those out of sight.

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

Let our eyes be opened to people who aren’t just like us. Who don’t think like us. Or look like us. Or live like us. Open our eyes to the ways we are so much alike, made in your image, brothers and sisters in your great family.

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

Let our eyes be opened to where we have got it wrong. Where, in our own quest for truth and wholeness, we have closed our eyes to something we need to see again. Give us fresh vision for old problems.

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

Let our eyes be opened all the time: times when our tears are blinding, times when the sun shines so bright we have to squint, times when we are so busy we can hardly focus, times we are sure we seeing clearer than anyone else.

Lord, let our eyes be opened.

Let us see you.

Prayer: In the name of Christ, who gave sight to the blind, we pray. Amen.

Author: Julie Hester

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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