Interrupted by …. Luke, blindness, poetry, hope

Church today focused on the story of the Blind Beggar of Jericho …. Luke 18:35 – 43. And suddenly “….Jesus said to him: “Receive your sight….”

What if from then on the Beggar was shocked to see

hungry dogs at the edge of town, rough children fighting and bruised, hungry

people of all ages at the edges of banquets and by gates

sorrow in a widow’s face

fear in a mother’s eyes.

when he asked to see, did he imagine

that it would all be beautiful? or merely useful

so much better to see than to not to

yet the darkness might protect as well as conceal

He chose to see and to follow Jesus and thus

saw Him hanging on a cross, bloody, brusied

thirsty, suffering and offering, ever offering,

to those with eyes to see

forgiveness still, love with every ounce of blood


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