FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
24 OCTOBER 2021
30TH Sunday of Ordinary Time
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, 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 your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10: 46-47/49-52)
How shall I live this Word?
This is the last healing miracle recounted by Mark. As he had already done with the blind man of Bethsaida in Chapter 8 (Mk 8: 22-26) before His first announcement of the passion, the evangelist, in this important moment that is bringing Jesus to Jerusalem with what follows, he once again gives us the example of a ‘blind’ man, Bartimaeus. “What do you want me to do for you?” “Master, I want to see.” Jesus opens eyes, allows to see, ‘cures’ so that we can follow Him…to the Cross, to fulfillment! But Jesus heals blindness when unconditional trust becomes real. “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.” “Your faith has saved you.”
The blind man of Jericho is the disciples who do not understand the Cross. The blind man is me, is us, faced with the journey proposed by the Gospel. To regain sight is to be able to recognize in the Crucified One, what the centurion saw at the foot of the Cross and make the profession of faith that he made (Mk 15: 39). Seeing means believing; seeing means ‘meeting Jesus intimately’, trusting Him, and letting Him disrupt our life.
Lord, help me to trust You, to give You credit so that the center of my life is balanced in You and I can follow You without any ‘ifs or buts’!
The Voice of the Prophet Isaiah (42: 16)
I will lead the blind on a way they do not know;
by paths they do not know I will guide them.
I will turn darkness into light before them,
and make crooked ways straight.
These are my promises:
I made them, I will not forsake them.
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