A Reflection Of The Heart
30th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)
Sunday,28th October 2018
A Reflection: by Rev. Fr. Allen Baclor Abadines
GOSPEL: MARK 10:46-52
(Jesus hears the prayer of a blind man and gives him back his sight.)
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
The Gospel of the Lord/ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
In today’s Gospel text we read of an encounter between the blind man named Bartimaeus and our Lord Jesus. It tells us that our Lord was on his way to Jerusalem and a great crowd was following him when all of a sudden a voice was heard from a blind man asking him for mercy. The crowd tried to get him to shut up. But it was his persistence and determination that caught Jesus’ attention. Obviously, the name of our Lord Jesus and the many wonders he performed have reached Bartimaeus’ ears. From what he heard, he was convinced that Jesus could heal him and that there was power in his words and touch. Bartimaeus recognized his needs and the desires of his heart. He, therefore, risked everything i.e. the crowd’s outrage for making a scene and perhaps public humiliation. But he will not let this one chance of a lifetime pass him by. And on top of his voice, he shouted all the more – “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” His faith was rewarded. Jesus summoned him and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” To which he replied, “My teacher, let me see again.” Immediately, Jesus restored his sight. This Gospel text is teaching us an important lesson about Faith. Jesus made emphasis not on the physical healing but on the faith that Bartimaeus manifested. Jesus said that what has made him well was his great faith. The real miracle was his Faith. Pope Francis said that ‘Our Faith is an encounter with Jesus … Faith creates miracles.’ Healing is always possible through our personal relationship with and through a recognition of our need of Jesus. Do we come to Jesus and humbly reach out to touch him with deep faith and a complete trust in him. Likewise, do we also recognize that Jesus wants to touch and reach out to us too? Like Bartimaeus, do we have enough courage to approach Jesus and tell him our needs? 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “We walk by faith not by sight.”
Story: (Author Unknown)
The amazing story of Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker, is a wonderful illustration of what true faith is.
Blondin’s greatest fame came on September 14, 1860, when he became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched 11,000 feet (over a quarter of a mile) across the mighty Niagara Falls. People from both Canada and America came from miles away to see this great feat.
He walked across, 160 feet above the falls, several times… each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!
A large crowd gathered and the buzz of excitement ran along both sides of the river bank. The crowd “Oohed and Aahed!” as Blondin carefully walked across – one dangerous step after another – pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.
Then at one point, he asked for the participation of a volunteer. Upon reaching the other side, the crowd’s applause was louder than the roar of the falls!
Blondin suddenly stopped and addressed his audience: “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”
The crowd enthusiastically yelled, “Yes! You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world. We believe!”
“Okay,” said Blondin, “Who wants to get into the wheelbarrow.”
As far as the Blondin story goes, no one did at the time!
This story illustrates what real faith is all about. Like, people recognized Blondin’s ability. They were witnesses to his daring feats. But to trust their lives in his hands is another thing.
Similarly, it is one thing for us to say we believe in God. However, it’s true faith when we believe God and put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.
One of the greatest lessons we learned in life is that there is a need for us to hold on to something, especially in our most trying moments – i.e Faith. We all have faith. The question now is not whether we have faith at all. The question is, how strong is your faith? Is your faith built upon our trust in Jesus Christ?
Proverb 3:5 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”