Reflections - October 28, 2018

“What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man relied to him. “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Mk. 10:51-52.

Today we find the two big realities that develop the human being: Light and darkness, faith and disbelief. In the life of every man and woman we sometimes find a very weak faith and more doubts than assurances. What can we do? We find the answer in the man born blind – a limited man. He asked for alms and depended on charity to survive. However, his ears still heard and he had heard about Jesus.

The blind man uses his ears and his voice when he cries out loudly. It is the cry of the discarded, of the desperate and abandoned, however those that accompany Jesus “did not want to waste time with a discarded person”. Yet everyone counts for Jesus. Jesus asks him a question of faith: “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus takes the initiative in the matter of faith because it is for Him to act for us. The only responsibility that the blind Bartimaeus had was to open himself to God since we cannot produce the faith. He opened his heart with humility, the spring of living faith, “to the light of the word”.

Today Jesus asks you the same question: What do you want me to do for you? A question that also as a Church we should ask the world looking for the light. Bartimaeus is an example of living faith so that as a Church we open ourselves to the grace of the Lord with humility and that “we commit ourselves to the announcement of the new evangelization with a new vision” bringing the joy of the Gospel that fill the heart and life of those that through us find Jesus. Just as our friends, the saints, did whose feast we celebrate on November 1stand that the Church gives us as an example of surrender and of faith committed in Christ.

This week, after praying the rosary, I invite you to reflect on these anonymous saints that lived in our community, in our families and were examples of joy and hope. For all of them we thank you, Lord.