Posted by: livingscripture | October 25, 2009

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.

(Mark 10: 46)    

 How should we live this Word

 Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, is a blind beggar.  He has faith in the Son of David and knows how to ask and knock with perseverance.  In recompense, he receives much more than what he asked for.  He asked Jesus to restore his sight with words that have become part of Church tradition, “Lord Jesus, have pity on me!” 

 Hearing his cry, Jesus stops and calls him over.  He cannot ignore the plea of one who invokes His name. db_23-The_Healing_of_Bartimaeus_the_blind1[1] “Go your way.  Your faith has saved you.”  The sight of Bartimaeus is immediately restored and he follows Jesus along the road.  We have much to learn from Bartimaeus!  We are all spiritually sightless, blinded by so many false lights.  But there is always the possibility of seeing again, of entering more deeply into the mystery of God and that of our human reality.

 Through his experience, Bartimaeus teaches us to ask incessantly, ‘Lord Jesus, have pity on me’.  By its very nature, this prayer transforms our being in Christ because it opens the soul’s eyes to the truth of ourselves and to the Truth of God (Cf. Stories of a Russian Pilgrim).  We too, like Bartimaeus, can have a new vision to see persons and events in their rapport with the after life.  This gives meaning to our entire being and acting.  Thus we can walk with Jesus along the road of our life.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the dialogue between Bartimaeus and Jesus and apply it to myself.  I will pray with insistence:

 Lord Jesus, have pity on me!  Grant that I may see my weakness so that I may experience with St. Paul that ‘Your grace is sufficient for me’.  Help me to pray this always.

 The voice of Sorèn Kierkegaard        

 If I rise at dawn and immediately raise my prayer to You, You precede me; You have already loved me first.  It is always this way.  You do not only love us once, but every day on the roads of our life.


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