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The Less Fortunate

John Collins04/10/2012
Matthew 20 describes the journey out of Jericho, and the great crowd that followed Jesus as he departed.

As they left, there were two blind men sitting by the road, possibly begging.  As Jesus passed by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"

All of those who had just listened to the parables that Jesus had just given about the kingdom of heaven started to rebuke the two blind men, telling them to keep silent.  Jesus had just told the people that the "first would be last and the last would be first," but the people seemingly despised the beggars, not wanting them to speak out to Jesus.  The beggars cried out louder for mercy.

Jesus heard their cries and called the beggars to Him.  "What do you want me to do for you," Jesus asked.

"Let our eyes be opened," they replied.

In pity for them, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight.  After receiving their sight, they followed Jesus with the rest of the crowd.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  When we see beggars on the streets, do we despise them?  Do we think within ourselves that they will simply drink their sorrows away if we give to them?  Do we not realize they are less fortunate than ourselves, or we might be begging there with them?  Do we think that the less fortunate are not worthy for us to use as an example of Divine Love?  Would Jesus consider us first or last in the kingdom of heaven if we simply pass them by while turning our heads?