I Shouted


I sit by the roadside in Jericho begging. A crowd goes by and I ask, “What’s happening?”

They tell me, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

Without thinking, I shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Those who are in front sternly order me to be quiet. Pinpricks of shame erupt like a rash all over my body. Desperation squeezes my soul. I shout even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stops still. He orders his disciples to bring me to him.

Firm hands grasp my arms, and I am taken away from the shushing crowd.

I know it’s Jesus when I hear, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Still gripped on either side, not by the disciples now, but by hope on my left and fear on my right, I reply, “Lord, I want to be heard.”

“Receive your voice; your faith has saved you.” He steps closer and waits.

Immediately I regain my voice. I tell him how painful it is to be misunderstood, judged and dismissed. When my only words are tears, he holds me and weeps too.

Then he steps back. My throat throbs as I prepare for his parting and my returning to a beggar’s life.

But Jesus doesn’t say goodbye. He takes my hand and introduces me to his friends.

I follow him, glorifying God. And all the people praise God.

Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
–Psalm 116:2 (NRSV)

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Love Mischief for the World

Refood’s love mischief for the world means less organic waste in landfills and more healthy food getting to those who can’t afford it. “Refood is a Canadian social enterprise which converts excess or defected produce of local vendors into healthy lunches for homeless people and elementary school students,” says Refood.

Here’s how they do it.

STEP ONE: We pick up excess produce from local grocery stores, farms, restaurants.

STEP TWO: Our experienced chefs cook healthy food.

STEP THREE: We distribute the food to local shelters and schools.

 

What love mischief are you and God doing to care for the world?
Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and References:
Luke 18:35-43, Psalm 116:2
Close-up of Eric Gill relief, Moorfields Eye Hospital The words here,’Domine, ut videam’ (Lord, that I may see!), comprised the answer, according to the Gospel of Mark, to Jesus’s question to the blind beggar Bartimaeus who called out to him in Jericho by Ceridwen [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
“Christ and Apostles” by Georges Rouault, 1871-1958
“Healthy Food Box” Creative Commons.
Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2017.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013-2017.  http://www.estherhizsa.com 

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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3 Responses to I Shouted

  1. Nancy Harper says:

    Great story, Esther! Love your writing!

    Like

  2. Pingback: New Coins in My Pocket | An Everyday Pilgrim

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