O God, You have chosen the apostles to make disciples of all nations and by baptism and confirmation have called all of us to build up Your Holy Church.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
id you notice the words of the blind man? He says, "Let me see again."
That means he was able to see before and lost the vision at some point. When he had vision, he took everything for granted, and never bothered to enjoy the glorious vision of life, offered. So he went away from it moving in his own ways, seeking to fulfill his whims and fancies, but during this selfish way of life, he not only lost the vision of life, he became depressed and desperate and this despair is reflected in his loud cry, "Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me."
I hope we can relate our faith life to the life of this blind man, Bartimaeus.
When we were baptized we received the vision of faith, so we could look at everything in life from the light of faith. Though we had sufferings and struggles, we could see everything in the light of faith and move on, considering it as part of the providence of God. But when the negative thoughts of evil spirit, and sensuousness crept into our lives, we started falling away from our faith and faith practices. This is very clear when we look into the Catholic Church.
If we look at our parish life. We can see little children and children may be upto grade 12 coming to Church. We do not see many young men and women in the parish, and it is very difficult to see young men and women getting involved in the parish life.
I think it is time for us to go to the eye doctor—to check our vision of life; our faith and practice of faith.
Do I ignore my faith and practices for my selfishness? Do I run away from faith, since it does not meet my greed and sensuality? Let us try to identify the virus that affects our vision of faith. That causes blindness in us.
Bartimaeus realized the difference in his life. He new what is the value of light and darkness in his life. He wanted to get back to the light. He wanted to see again. He also knew from his life that only Jesus can reinstate him back into that vision of life. He didnít care what others thought about him. What comments other people made about him.
We read in the Gospel that no one could stop his cry for help from Christ. The more they discouraged him, the more he cried out. Such was his faith in Christ.
He had the faith that only Jesus could save him. It was a total surrender. He is driven by the certainty that Jesus can change his lot in life. Nobody, is going to keep him from his goal of meeting Christ.
Friends: do I have a similar kind of certitude, that proximity to Our Lord is a necessity for me, that only he can heal my wounds and keep me on the right path towards heaven? Do I make sure nothing separates me from him?
He was happy when he got the attention of Jesus. When he came before Jesus, we may find it strange, the question of Jesus, "What do you want me to do for you?"
God our creator and provider is busy looking after the whole creation. So He wants to hear from each one of us; what we really need in our lives.
"Ask and you shall receive," some people used to say. "He knows my heart and mind. So let Him read my mind and give me what I need."
No, today Jesus wants us to ask clearly what we need. Also we find in the parable that Bartimaeus came running to Jesus, throwing off his cloak, that was a block for him to approach Jesus. Let us see the cloaks we have put on that prevent us from approaching God: my ignorance, my laziness, greed, selfishness, addictions the list can be long.
Am I willing to throw it off, trusting that, only He can help me, only He can heal me, and only He can give me the true vision of life.
Let us approach him and say, "Lord let me see again."
Letís pray: Thank you, Lord. Like the sight you gave to Bartimaeus, you have given us so many graces and special favors, beginning with the amazing gift of our Catholic faith. But it is a gift that needs to grow. Lord, increase our faith! Amen.