Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Updated: May 28, 2021
Memorial Feast: Saint Augustine of Canterbury, (c.-+604) Bishop, First Archbishop of Canterbury.
Book of Sirach 42:15-25, Psalm 33:2-3, 4-5, 5-7, 8 and 9, & Mark 10:46-52
Healing the Blind Man by Václav Mánes, circa 1832.
Today’s Gospel narrative has a familiar story as its theme. Bartimaeus, a man who is blind, hears Jesus passing him. He knows the truth of his condition, and when Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus tells Jesus the truth. Our Lord heals the man from being blind and, in so doing, also makes a disciple.
“Master, I want to see.” Like all of us, Bartimaeus want to be healed to see the creation and the wonders described in our first reading from the Book of Sirach. However, there is a more profound blindness which we all share and from which we pray because we, too, “want to see.” The wonders of the Lord are what we all desire. We want to see, touch, and feel those wonders. Our collective blindness is not seeing the presence of God in our world, especially those places where the wonders of God are diminished by hate, cruelty, and lack of understanding. It is difficult to see in the dark, and it is there, and then we beg, as Bartimaeus did, to “see.”
Friends, seeing is believing! Believing for Bartimaeus began by gaining his sight. For those healed by their belief in Jesus, the reality of the Eucharist is receivable and believable because they have been touched by His presence within and beyond what meets the eye. With the eyes of our faith, we believe and hold His presence in the sacraments every day and through every moment of our lives.
Today, let the majesty and splendor of creation (Book of Sirach) and the healing power of Jesus (Mark 10) remind us of all that God is capable of doing in our lives. May we have the persistence and courage to plead, even beg, for His mercy and life-changing graces over the noises that distract us from His work in our lives.
Question of the Day: How will you answer Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Prayer: “By the Word of the Lord, the heavens were made.” (Psalm 33)