GOSPEL READING: Luke 18:35-43

A Blind Man Receives His Sight

35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 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!”

40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.



Прогледувањето на слепиот

35. А кога се приближуваше Он до Ерихон, еден слепец седеше крај патот и просеше; 36. и штом чу дека покрај него врви народ, праша: „Што е тоа?” 37. Му кажаа дека минува Исус Назареецот. 38. Тогаш тој извика и рече: „Исусе, Сине Давидов, помилуј ме!” 39. Оние, што одеа напред, го искараа да молчи; но тој уште погласно викаше: „Сине Давидов, помилуј ме!” 40. Исус застана и заповеда да Му го доведат. И кога оној се приближи до Него, го праша, 41. велејќи: „Што сакаш да ти направам?” Тој рече: „Господи, да прогледам!” 42. Тогаш Исус му рече: „Прогледај! Верата твоја те спаси.” 43. И одеднаш прогледа и тргна по Него, славејќи Го Бога. И сиот народ, кога го виде тоа, Му воздаде слава на Бога.


GOSPEL MESSAGE: Jesus of Nazareth Is Passing By

The famous Austrian surgeon Dr. Lorenz was taking a walk one day in a Midwestern town. Suddenly he was overtaken by a violent thunderstorm. So fierce was the downpour that he ran to the nearest house and rang the doorbell. When a woman opened the door, he asked if he could come in. But the woman who was already visibly upset, cried out:

"Go somewhere else! There is trouble enough in this house."

And she slammed the door shut. When the inhospitable housewife looked at a newspaper the next day, she screamed with dismay. She saw there the picture of the great healer, Dr. Lorenz, who had come to that town from Vienna to treat a rich heiress who had the same type of rare disease as her own ailing daughter. Dr. Lorenz was the only physician in the world who could perform the kind of surgery needed to make her child well. He had come to her very doorstep, but she had slammed the door shut in his face. Now he was gone, having left for Vienna.

The Gospel lesson today tells of the Greatest Healer in the world — the Lord Jesus, visiting the town of Jericho…

A blind man, hearing the commotion, asked what was going on. They told him "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."

When the blind beggar heard that "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by," he seized life’s greatest opportunity and he received his sight. Life’s greatest opportunity for us, too, is that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by — today, now! He continually knocks on the door of our hearts. He reveals Himself to us in the Bible. He speaks to us through the Church. He offers Himself to us through the Sacraments. He is always just a prayer away from us.