Posted by: livingscripture | October 28, 2012

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

“Bartimaeus, a blind man, sat by the roadside begging.  He began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.  Many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.  But he kept calling out all the more.  Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’  So they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” 

                                                                                                               (Matthew 46: 49)                                                   

                                                                                                                        

How should we live this Word

Every time Jesus performs a miracle, the marvelous healing power of God explodes into our human weakness, fragility, and sickness.  This is what happens here regarding the blind beggar of Jericho.  We should note however the presence of a crowd hostile to the blind man.  His shouts bother them, but he does not stop.  He shouts even louder.  Jesus asks them to call him.  Now the people approach him in a different way.  ‘Courage’, they tell him and encourage him to get up and go to Jesus who is calling him.  Before Jesus intervenes, the people are anything but benevolent toward him.  After, on the contrary, they encourage him and invite him to rise.

The teaching is very clear.  If Jesus is present in the heart of believers, they note that Jesus calls everyone to participate in His friendship.  However, He often desires that we be His collaborators and instruments to help the people of our times to become aware that He is calling them because He loves them.  We must help them rise from the tedium or anguish or activism into which they have fallen, losing the meaning of life.  This is our task today.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will examine my readiness to bring others to Jesus in whatever way I can.

Lord, thank You, not only for opening my eyes, but also for giving me the desire to help others.  Help me to say with respect for their freedom, with discretion, and with friendly daring, ‘Courage!  Get up, friend!  Jesus is waiting for you and will save you.’

The voice of Hans Urs von Balthazar, Theologian

Precisely the ones who seem to be most inadequate, who no one would have thought of, least of all them, who perhaps were already following other plans, become the object of the call.

 

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