for Sunday, October 25, 2009
Can we also call on the Lord and ask Him to have pity on us? The humility
of Bartimaeus is incredible and we can admire it. More importantly it must
become a goal of our life. Every day we must have this courage to turn to
the Lord and ask him to give us what is lacking in our lives. Most of all
we need to ask our Lord for faith, hope and love. We can also ask for
everything physical that we need: for money, for food, for health, for
sight, for hearing, for freedom from disease, etc.
Too often perhaps we forget to carry on this kind of conversation with our
Lord. The first reading, from the Prophet Jeremiah, tells us clearly that
God is our father and loves us. God wants to care for us and only asks
that we turn to Him. This is so simple and yet so often we do not turn to
God in our problems, in the challenges of our life or even in the
difficulties which we face.
The Letter to the Hebrews points out today that Jesus is truly human and
can hear us. Jesus is a priest and is willing to intercede for us always.
Jesus does not take this honor on Himself but it is given to Him by the
Father. So also the Father wants to love us and we are asked to respond to
Bartimaeus is a wonderful example to us of someone who wanted something so
much that he was willing to call out and ask Jesus to help him and to heal
him. Bartimaeus challenges us to become as simple and as humble as he is.
He is not afraid to call on the Lord, to ask to have what he wants, to
insist really that Jesus help him.
Each of us can ask: what is my relationship with God? What is my image
of God? Is God truly a Father for me? Is Jesus someone on whom I can call
at all times? Do I have any sense of the Holy Spirit inspiring me and
drawing me into the mysteries of life and of divine presence?
As we look at our own answers to these questions, we find more about
ourselves and our relationship with the living God. The point is never to
think badly of ourselves but only to realize how much God loves us and
invites us to share in His life. Let us commit ourselves to living this
incredible mystery more and more each day! Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
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