Sunday, October 19, 2014

this is not the time.

"The crowd tried to hush them up, but they got all the louder, crying, 'Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!'"
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I am moved by this instance when people in great pain cry out and are immediately hushed by the religious crowd, a classic attempt at shaming the "other" into silence despite the intensity and depth of pain in their sincere plea for help.  The two blind men beg for mercy and the crowd attempts to silence them--they do not want to be bothered, and so they assume God (in-the-flesh) will similarly not want to be bothered by such loud and desperate pleas.  It's awkward, it's uncomfortable, it's not a great photo opp, right?  Let's minimize the problem and keep this show on the road!


I can't help but wonder at the many cries for mercy around the world--cries from the blind, yes, and from the enslaved, and the exploited, and the raped, and the poor--and wonder at the ways we attempt to minimize and silence their voices.  "Do not bother God (us) with this," we intone sternly.  "This is not appropriate.  This is not the time."


But the two blind men, not to be deterred, simply called all the louder, insistent on sharing their burdens and fears with God when he passed before them on the road.  And Jesus stopped and listened to them.


"Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes. They had their sight back that very instant, and joined the procession."

-Scripture from Matthew 20

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