Posted by: livingscripture | November 16, 2015

33rd Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.  They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by’.  He shouted, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!’”     

(Luke: 18: 35-38)

How should we live this Wordblind man

 The miracle of restoring sight to a blind man helps us to reflect on how Jesus is preoccupied for our salvation.  Jesus is the one who calls the man.  However, the man did his part by shouting louder and louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”  The blind man sensed that something new was happening and asks what.  When the heart senses a reality that can be a change, it lets itself be drawn.  That perception then becomes a way of knowledge and the possibility to see.  However, Jesus is not a magician.  He calls on the freedom of the blind man and asks him what he wants.  He helps him to go out, to recognize his limitations, and to overcome them with His help.  Seeing allows him to become aware of the salvation that is given to him.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will trustfully call out to Jesus in my needs and speak to Him of all that is in my heart.

Spirit of God, do not allow my heart to become hardened and incapable of recognizing Jesus.  Give me a heart that is sensitive to His Presence, a loving heart, a humble heart.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 In Mark’s account, the blind man is presented as a model.  He was not born blind but lost his sight.  He is the man who has lost the light and is aware of it.  However, he has not lost hope.  He knows how to grasp the possibility of an encounter with Jesus and he trusts Him to cure him.  When he hears that the Teacher is passing, he cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me”.  In his encounter with Christ, lived with faith, Bartimaeus again receives the light he had lost, and with it, the fullness of his dignity.  He rises and takes up the journey that from this moment has a guide, Jesus, and a path, the same one that Jesus is on.  The evangelist says nothing more of Bartimaeus, but in him, he shows us who a disciple is…one with the light of faith who follows Jesus on the road.

 

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