Posted by: livingscripture | May 28, 2015

Eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Dayblind man

“Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”   Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”  So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.   “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.  The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”   “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.”

(Mark 10: 46-52)

How should we live this Word

 This is Jesus’ last miracle in Mark’s Gospel.  It is about a blind man who asks to see.  Jesus hears him and opens his eyes and he immediately begins to follow Him along the road.

Only those who recognize their poverty and blindness have the possibility of following Jesus.  Only those who acknowledge that all comes from God and know from the depths of their desperation how to cry out for help.  They will hear the voice of Jesus who opens new horizons, restoring hope and dignity.  Only those who cry out their need for mercy and forgiveness are able to go to Jerusalem with Jesus.  To see means to believe.  To see means to receive the gift of God in the Son of Man Crucified.  Bartimaeus becomes our model of a disciple – the one who throws off his mantle and, with humility, is aware that all comes from God and returns to Him.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will cry out to Jesus to help me see and embrace Him every moment of my life.

Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!

The Voice of Benedict XVI

The blind man was someone who had lost his wealth and his miserable condition was well known by the people.  He was not only blind, but had to beg.  This is why Mark wanted to record only his miracle because his recuperation of sight had great resonance in contrast to the terrible misfortune that had happened to this blind man.  St. Augustine tells us that this interpretation makes us think and invites reflection on the fact that there are many riches in our life that we can lose and not only material ones.  The blind man can represent so many people today who have lost the riches of the faith and have distanced themselves from God, considering Him no longer relevant to life.  They have fallen from a high dignity, that of being a Christian. They have lost a sure orientation in life and have often become beggars seeking life’s meaning.

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