This is the revelation given by God to Jesus Christ so that he could tell his servants about the things which are now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, and John has written down everything he saw and swears it is the word of God guaranteed by Jesus Christ. Happy the man who reads this prophecy, and happy those who listen to him, if they treasure all that it says, because the Time is close.
From John, to the seven churches of Asia: grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits in his presence before his throne.
Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus and say, “Here is the message of the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who lives surrounded by the seven golden lamp-stands: I know all about you: how hard you work and how much you put up with. I know you cannot stand wicked men, and how you tested the impostors who called themselves apostles and proved they were liars. Know, too, that you have patience, and have suffered for my name without growing tired. Nevertheless, I have this complaint to make; you have less love now than you used to. Think where you were before you fell; repent, and do as you used to at first, or else, if you will not repent, I shall come to you and take your lamp-stand from its place.”
As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened.
Your faith has saved you.
Have you ever been so restless to the point that you felt there was nobody who cares? Worse, there were people who ridiculed us on the situation we are in. What do we do? Do we lose hope or do we keep moving on?
The gospel for the day speaks about a blind man who called for Jesus. The crowd must have been annoyed by this so they told him to be quiet. Personally I would feel bad if I was ordered to be quiet when I call someone. The blind man did not mind the people and even shouted more loudly. With this, Jesus stopped and ordered that the blind man be brought to Him. Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Sir, let me see again.” Jesus grants this request because of the faith of that blind man.
Whatever circumstance we are in, we must continue to hang on and rely on God. Our prayers may not be answered the first time we ask. But if God wills it, it will be given to us eventually. We may face a lot of discouragement in our life. Let us not make this a reason to be discouraged with our faith. Rather, we must make this an opportunity to seek more help from the Lord.
There can also be times when we thought we are so helpless but in reality we just cannot see that the help is right in front of us. Or maybe what we asked is not what we really need. Sometimes we must also seek help to realise what we really need. We pray to God that our eyes be opened to the things that matter. We pray to have the vision to see what God wants us to see. We must be unceasing with our prayer life. If our life keeps getting harder, it is when our prayer should be the hardest. Whatever hindrances we will encounter in life, our prayer will help us through.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Beryl Baterina)
Prayer: Father God, I pray that we may always recognise your presence. May we always lift our worries to You.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord for giving us the gift of faith. Thank You for Your continual love despite our unworthiness.