As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth passing by, he began to call out, «Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!». Many people scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, «Son of David, have mercy on me!».
Jesus stopped and said, «Call him». So they called the blind man saying, «Take heart. Get up, He is calling you». He immediately threw aside his cloak, jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus asked him, «What do you want me to do for you?». The blind man said, «Master, let me see again!». And Jesus said to him, «Go your way, your faith has made you well». And immediately he could see, and he followed Jesus along the road.
Today, I invite you to meditate on this gospel in a different way.
Coming out of Jericho: Isn't Jesus' coming out an arrival for you and me? When Jesus comes to us, how do you want to take advantage of it? Do you want to act like that blind man, or like that crowd? Which crowd, a crowd that scolds and challenges the disabled or this crowd that says: "Have faith, get up, he is calling you"? Aren’t you the same crowd, in you ?
Have mercy on me: Would you like to cry out, once or again and again? Do you recognize your blindness? Or do you think that everything is fine with you? Do you recognize that Jesus is here to save you?
Rabbouni, let me see: What a profession of faith! Even in his physical blindness, he was able to see everything that others could not. Faith does not necessarily depend on palpable and sensible things, but rather on our openness and ability to see and listen. God speaks to us from the depths of our being rather than from the outside. If we cannot hear him in our hearts, how can we hear him outside ourselves?
Go, your faith has saved you: In faith, we can move God. God, full of mercy, is able to hear us in faith louder than in our needs or necessities. Faith is a door that pushes us to cry out and also to accept the grace to enter. Without faith, we cannot follow Him. To follow the Lord is already a grace that comes from God.
Action of the day : Have faith in God.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:
Your Word will enlighten and save me,
by Clement of Alexandria,
"The commandment of the Lord shines clearly, enlightening the eyes. Receive Christ, receive power to see, receive your light, that you may plainly recognize both God and man. More delightful than gold and precious stones, more desirable than honey and the honeycomb is the Word that has enlightened us (Psalm 19:10). How could he not be desirable, who illumined minds buried in darkness, and endowed with clear vision 'the light-bearing eyes' of the soul? ... Sing his praises, then, Lord, and make known to me your Father, who is God. Your Word will save me, your song instruct me. I have gone astray in my search for God; but now that you light my path, Lord, I find God through you, and receive the Father from you, I become co-heir with you, since you were not ashamed to own me as your brother. Let us, then, shake off forgetfulness of truth, shake off the mist of ignorance and darkness that dims our eyes, and contemplate the true God, after first raising this song of praise to him: 'All hail, O light!' For upon us buried in darkness, imprisoned in the shadow of death, a heavenly light has shone, a light of a clarity surpassing the sun's, and of a sweetness exceeding any this earthly life can offer."