Posted by: livingscripture | October 25, 2015

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.  On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, son of David, have pity on me’.  Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him’.  So they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you’.  He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.  Jesus said to him in reply, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’  The blind man replied to him, ‘Master, I want to see’.  Jesus told him ‘Go our way; your faith has saved you’.  Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.”     

(Mark 10: 46-51)

How should we live this Wordblind man

 How alive, pure, and explosive is the faith of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar in today’s Gospel!  He was sitting along the road to Jericho, begging, when the Teacher called him.  He throws off his mantle, jumps up and runs to Him, crying out his prayer, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”  It is noteworthy that the blind man does not immediately ask for the miracle of his sight, but asks the Nazarene to have pity on him.  This is the most important prayer of the man, so much so that it is repeated two times in the passage.  It is only after Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?” that the man responds, “Master, I want to see!”  This says that his prayer was full of faith and total adhesion to the Master and not just an egotistical request to merely be cured of his malady.  Jesus saw in that prayer his humble and true faith.  This is why as Jesus ended His encounter with the man, He said to him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will repeat this ‘prayer of the heart’ and repeat it often during the day, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”

Lord, let my prayer to You be ever humble and full of faith!

 The Voice of Diadoco of Fotica, Eastern Bishop and Church Father

 In fact, only those who in the depths of their heart constantly meditate on the holy and glorious Name can finally see even the light of their own intellect.  Sustained by this intense sentiment, all the impurity of their soul is consumed because our God is a fire that devours.  Then the soul is filled with a great love for God’s glory.

 

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