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Friday, 23 October 2009 08:32

T hose who believe in Jesus are invited, encouraged and expected to believe also in what he says about us. The community of believers in the early Church was that little group, who like Paul himself, had recovered their sight about themselves in such a way that they could follow Jesus into generous ministry and relationships. As there are many ways to injure our ability to see, there are even more ways we can injure our faculty of visualizing who we are in God’s eyes. It is in that condition that we join the man on the side of the road in his crying out for “pity”.

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 31:7-9

Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

Hebrews 5:1-6

M ark 10:46-52 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae'us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae'us, was sitting by the roadside. (47) And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (48) And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (49) And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; rise, he is calling you." (50) And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. (51) And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Master, let me receive my sight." (52) And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

           

 

Meditation by Larry Gillick, S.J.

Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality

 

PRE-PRAYERING

T here is a warmth and kindness in today’s readings. There are promises and fulfillment. We are offered a picture of how closely God moves towards us and offers us ways out of certain exiles, alienation’s and darknesses.

We can pray with the answer we would give to the question which Jesus asks today, “What do you want me to do for you.” We can pray with the reality that God works for our freedom and for the joy of our shouting “Thank you!” We can pray also for the grace to desire to get up and follow him along whatever road he travels.

 

REFLECTION


We hear from the Prophet Jeremiah who is singing a different tune from his usual repertoire of laments and accusations. He has spent much of his life calling
Israel back to their following their identity as God’s holy people. They failed to listen so there they are in exile.

 

What we hear in our First Reading has an Advent theme to it. Jeremiah speaks of shouting for joy for the loving God is bringing them all back, the blind, lame and the little ones as well. God’s love sent them into captivity to get their attention and their faithful response. Now God will gather his beloved and reinforce their name as the Beloved.

 

The thing to note here is that all will be returning even those who have physical disabilities or deformities. No one person will be excluded from their being in God’s holy family. Blindness was seen to be a sort of curse as was being lame or ulcerous. God the Creator is claiming them all as blest and belonging to God.

 

Mark ends this section of his Gospel with a symbolic summary miracle. The events of Jesus’ life begin to take a dramatic turn with the beginning of the next chapter as he enters Jerusalem on a donkey in triumph, but heading for the cross.

 

These past few Sundays we have heard from this same chapter. Jesus has spoken hard things about divorce, the danger of riches, and the role of the disciples as servants of all. The symbol for Mark’s readers was and is, about our being offered visions of life ordered along the teachings of Jesus. The disciples and fellow travelers are symbolized by a person who has heard Jesus, but wants to see him more clearly and follow him more closely. It summarizes the whole life of Jesus up to this point; he came to be seen by all and followed.

 

This man who was blind, was unable to see himself and know what he looked like. He could feel his face and have others tell him how he looked, but these always fell so far short of the reality. Not to know what he looks like has resulted in his sitting by the side of the road and calling out for “pity”. This cry is an echo of how he feels about himself.

 

There seems to be a consequent self-negativity when one can not see one’s face and physical image. There are those also who can see and do not like what they look like in reality. They too can tend to the sidelines in a pitying state of being blinded by what they do see.

 

Jesus is passing by us all and asking us what we want him to do for us. By our fallen human nature we have varying forms of visual impairment and or shame. We have experiences of recovery of sight in relationship to some of creation. We see the value of things and become sensitive to our using creation’s variety. It does seem that the last impairment is our being able to see ourselves as beautiful, lovely, pleasing, delightful, wonderful and blest. This recovery of sight led to the man’s mobility; he got up and followed Jesus. Somehow Jesus helped him see himself enough at least to begin his recovery of the more of him. It is the work; the mission of Jesus to bring to life all that was unlively.

 

It is a truth that we can not give what we do not have. As well, we find it most difficult to give what we do not love. Those who believe in Jesus are invited, encouraged and expected to believe also in what he says about us. The community of believers in the early Church was that little group, who like Paul himself, had recovered their sight about themselves in such a way that they could follow Jesus into generous ministry and relationships. As there are many ways to injure our ability to see, there are even more ways we can injure our faculty of visualizing who we are in God’s eyes. It is in that condition that we join the man on the side of the road in his crying out for “pity”. It is also to that condition that Jesus enters and asks us exactly what we want. Here is the challenging part though. Be careful! Do you really want to see?  Seeing will lead you to the appreciation and acceptance of your face and person and history, which will then lead you to get up, follow him into generous service and relationships. His love does free us to love ourselves seeingly and offer ourselves less blindly.

 

"Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek always the face of the Lord.” Ps. 105

 

 

Supplementary Reading

A.D.H.D.

 

Pay attention to what I am telling you. – Luke 9:44a

 

My ex-girlfriend used to say I have A.D.H.D (Attention-Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder). She’d say this mainly because I can hardly stay still and I usually get bored easily.

Sometimes when my mom is asking me to do something, my mind starts to wander off. I hear her voice but I’m not really listening. By the time she’s finished, she’ll ask if I heard her. That’s when I realize she’s already called my name five or six times! Then I’d have to ask her to repeat her instructions.

I wonder how many times I’ve dealt with God’s instruction in the same way. He’s given me clear guidelines on how to live, how to treat others, how to be happy and fulfilled. Yet, I seem to often let important details slip by because I’m not paying attention, I’m “busy” or simply not willing to go through the sacrifice it entails.

Thank God He’s willing to repeat the instructions when I miss out on them. In fact, He’s made them readily available through His Word.

Now that I think about it, I’d rather make a mistake while trying my best rather than because I wasn’t paying close attention. --- George Gabriel



REFLECTION:


What distracts you from receiving His instruction? What keeps you from following it?

 

Lord, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

 

Thought of the Day

Breath of God’s loving, Holy Spirit, if we place our trust in you, it is because you lead us to discover this surprising reality: God creates neither fear nor anguish in us; all God can do is love.

 

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1 Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:18
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CHRIST IS PASSING BY

Going to Jesus whenever we are in need.

God passes alongside the lives of men giving his light and joy. In today's First Reading1 the Lord rejoices at the salvation of the remnant of Israel on their return from exile to the Promised Land: See, I will bring them back from the land of the North and gather them from the far ends of earth... the blind and the lame... a great company returning here. After so much suffering, the Prophet announces the blessings of the Lord upon his People. They had left in tears, I will comfort them as I lead them back; I will guide them to streams of water, by a smooth path where they will not stumble.

Jesus fulfils all of these prophecies. He went about the world doing good, 2 even for those who did not ask his help. Christ is the revelation of the fullness of divine mercy to the most needy. No form of misery could separate men from Christ. He gave sight to the blind. He cured leprosy. He healed the lame and paralytics. He fed hungry multitudes. He expelled demons ... He approached people who had the greatest suffering in soul or body. We are the ones who have to go to Jesus. Our eyes have been blind ...We have lain paralyzed on our mats, incapable of reaching the grandeur of God. This is why our most lovable Savior and Healer of souls has descended from on high.3

We must have complete faith in the one, who saves us, on this divine Doctor who was sent with the express purpose of curing us, and the more serious or hopeless our illness is ' the stronger our faith has to be.4 There will be times in our lives when we experience more hardship than usual. We will have moments of greater temptation. We will grow weary of the struggle. We will have periods of interior darkness and trial. These are moments when we must turn to Jesus, who is always by our side. We must have a humble and sincere faith like the sick and the suffering people of the Gospels. Then we will cry out to the Master: 'Lord, put not your trust in me. But I, I put my trust in you'. Then, as we sense in our hearts the love, the compassion, the tenderness of Christ's gaze upon us, for he never abandons us4, we shall come to understand the full meaning of those words of St Paul: 'virtus in infirmitate perficitur'. If we have faith in Our Lord, in spite of our failings -or, rather, with our failings - we shall be faithful to our other, God; his divine power will shine forth in us, sustaining us in our weakness.5 What a great comfort it is for us to know that Christ is near us!

1. Jer 31:7-9

2. cf Acts 10:38

3. St Bernard, Homily on the First Sunday of Advent, 78

4. J. Escriva, Friends of God, 193

5. ibid, 194

With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at www.totusbookstore.com ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )



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