Text: Matthew 20:29-34
For trust in the Lord, who is kind and loving
For a compassionate heart and joy in serving
For the disabled
“HAVE MERCY ON US!” Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, a large crowd following. The events of the Passion are about to unfold. Yet, he pauses, for two blind men have cried out to the Son of David, and the Lord hears. “What would you have me do for you?”
They respond that they want to see, see rightly, see clearly. And Jesus, moved by compassion—literally, touched to the heart, for he feels their agony in his guts—answers their cry and enables them to see.
I am sure you recognize their words, for when we gather as the Church we also cry out with the words of the blind men: Kyrie! Lord, have mercy! Worship begins with us asking the Lord to have mercy, to stop, to pause and notice us. And he does! Our Lord sees us in our need, is touched to the heart by our situation, moves to remedy our situation. But there is more: having heard the Word of truth, he invites us to go with him, to walk with him, even to Jerusalem. We are given the Message to share; we are called to hear the cries of those who seek mercy, we are now the ones who are able to ask “what would you have me do for you?”
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks