Posted by: livingscripture | May 27, 2010

Eighth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 What do you want me to do for you?  Master, I want to see.

                                                        Mark 10: 46-52

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus encounters a blind man named Bartimaeus on the road near Jericho.  That blind man is each one of us who, having eyes, do not see just like James and John is the preceding passage.  We chase after our dreams of power and thus are not aware of the life that is already blossoming.  We sit alongside the road, like the seed that fell and was quickly crushed and stolen by Satan.  We lose ourselves in a thousand ‘convincing’ activities and we are not able to see the loving glance of God who asks to walk with us.

 The blind man cried out toward Jesus, calling Him by His messianic title, ‘Son of David’ thus recognizing Him as powerful, noble and of rank.  This man is each of us when we invoke God for His power and for our own needs.  Jesus has the blind man called over and asks the same question He had asked of James and John, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’  The blind man gets up, throws aside his cloak, which indicates the person, and frees himself from all that causes his blindness for he was not born blind.

 When the man recognizes God and seeks to be in rapport with Him, he regains his sight and sees Jesus, the Son of God!  This is what happened to the disciples also and what happens to us.  In the fullness of time God sends His Son who is not omnipotent according to our social-cultural categories of power.  Rather, He is Omni-loving.  This is how He reveals Himself in Jesus.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will pray with humble love:

 Lord Jesus, grant that I may see again!

 The voice of Frere Roger, witness

 Our life acquires meaning when it is above all, a living response to God’s call.  But how do we know that call and discover what God wants from us?  God wants us to be a reflection of His presence, bearers of Gospel Hope.  Those who respond to this call do not ignore their own fragility and thus keep these words of Jesus in their heart, ‘Do not be afraid.  Continue to trust!’


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