for Sunday, October 28, 2012
Master, I want to see! What a wonderful request to make of our Lord. I
want to see can be the theme for this Sunday. I want to see people return
to God. I want to see people rejoicing in living out God's word. I want
that I myself can rejoice when I suffer for the sake of the Lord. I want
to understand how Jesus Christ is my High Priest and intercedes for me. I
want to see how Jesus Christ is always present in His Church even when
there is so much sinfulness in the members of the Church. I want to see
how Christ loves me even when bad things happen to me.
The first reading, from the Prophet Jeremiah, speaks of the joy that grips
the people of God when they think of return from exile. All of us can
imagine what it might be like to be taken away from the places and the
people that we love. There are so many exiles in our world today who long
to return to their own lands, who long to be back with their own people.
Our hearts must come to understand the modern forms of exile and brokenness
in order to understand the writings of our Scriptures. We can also
imagine the incredible joy of knowing that there is a return and that it
Our spiritual lives are like exile much of the time. We find ourselves
away from God, away from our own values, away from the people who help us
walk with joy and gladness. We fail to be the gift that God has created us
to be. Yet God constantly assures us that we are always invited to return
to Him, no matter how often we go away from him, no matter how frequently
we are taken captive by sin and temptation.
The Letter to the Hebrews speaks of the truth of Jesus Christ. He is God
and yet he is human like us. He himself is beset by weakness and so, for
this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people.
The difference, of course, is that He never gives in to the weakness and
never sins. We do give in and we do sin. Thus Christ intercedes for us
and always offers us forgiveness. Just the thought of this God who always
loves us increases our joy and our capacity to live without fear.
Today's God from Saint Mark speaks of Bartimaeus, the blind man. He has
the courage to ask to see. People tell him to be quiet. We are not
supposed to annoy the powerful, even the spiritually powerful. Yet
Bartimaeus knows that he must cry out for healing. He wants to see.
Do we want to see? What do we want to see? Are we willing to cry out and
to insist? Do we let others silence us? Let us have courage today and ask
to see. Let us ask to see the Lord and to know His ways. Let us ask to
see all that we need to see so that we may rejoice in the Lord!
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Jeremiah 31.7-9
Second Reading: Hebrews 5.1-6
Gospel: Mark 10.46-52
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