Reflections - October 25, 2015

“Son of David, have pity on me.”  Mk. 10:48.
 
Some days ago I read in one of the newspapers of our city, “now accepting applications for apartments for low-income people”.  If you saw this news item then you saw they were at least a few dozen apartments short for the hundreds of people that showed up. Many of the people slept there from the night before in hopes of getting an apartment.  The saddest thing, however, was that many of these people were sick and elderly – “these are our blind”, destitute people who are asking for compassion like the blind Bartimaeus in the Gospel today.
 
Social actions are very important and I wish there were more…, but I also feel that we must listen to our people, and among them many of our older people who are in need of aid and also a few words of faith and hope.
 
Today we find this example with Bartimaeus:  “many rebuked him, telling him to be silent”.  They did not like to hear the cry of the poor and of the people with problems and necessities.  They would have liked to keep them in the periphery, “quiet”, where their cries for compassion cannot be heard.
 
However, Jesus hears the cry of the blind and of all those in need who recognize their material and spiritual limitations.  Bartimaeus was not discouraged by the recriminations he received.  He had faith in the Man that calling out to him said:  ”What do you want me to do for you?”
 
When this son of God is confronted with “God’s grace – Christ”, he recognizes his own limitations and tells him:  “Lord, I want to see”.  Jesus told him:  “Go your way; your faith has saved you”.  He recovered his sight and followed him….
 
As you receive Communion as part of a community of believers ask yourself if
when you are confronted by a physically or spiritually challenged person do you ask like Jesus asked:  “What do you want me to do for you?”  And do you help?
 
I end with this text from James:  “If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day and one of you says to them, “Go in peace….but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?  So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead”.  James 2:15-17.