Pastors Desk: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 27th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 28th October 2018 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

jesus-and-the-blind-manYou have to admire Bartimaeus’ persistence in today’s gospel story. Sitting at the side of the road he discovers that it is Jesus who is passing nearby and so he calls out to him ‘Jesus, have pity on me’. Despite the fact that people told him to be quiet he shouted out all the louder. Jesus hears him, stops and tells his followers to ‘Call him here’. He jumps up and runs to Jesus who asks him ‘What do you want me to do for you’. He asks that he be cured of his blindness and be able to see again. Jesus grants his request.

We can all suffer from different forms of blindness from time to time. We can be blind to many of God’s blessings in our lives. We can be blind to things going on around us because they may challenge our attitudes or call into question our life choices etc. We can be blind to our own sins but miraculously we are able to see other people’s with great clarity. All of this can cloud our world and prevent us from seeing things as God wants us to.

We pray that we may always have the persistent faith that Bartimaeus exhibits in today’s gospel. If we are experiencing any ‘blindness’ in any aspect of our lives that God will give us greater insight and help us to see clearly his plan for each one of us.

Fr. Gerry