Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10, 46-52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.
Get up! He is calling you
1) On the way. Jesus is a traveler, he does not stay still. He goes to Jericho, a place where people are believers but they are difficult and closed. Today, there are many difficult, closed believers and we must walk towards them, be with them; announcing the love of God and that there is eternal life. You and I have to be pilgrims on the move, we cannot be static people, we must go forth and walk. We cannot stop, because there are people who need us.
2) The blind man. We see a man excluded from society, estranged, even distanced from God. They do not let him call out to Jesus. Today there are many Bartimaeus who, apart from not being able to see, are excluded. How many times are we those who say : “look who came to church” or “who does he think he is?” or “mmm this one tries to act like he’s a good guy” ? How many of us distance others from God, even when they seek him? Today do not slack off, there are brothers and sisters who need help by the side of the road; they do not find meaning in life.
3) Arise: Today Jesus wants to work in you, that you may see! May you understand life and keep going. May your faith be that encouragement to keep on fighting and to go ahead in spite of everything. Do not be afraid to keep going and fight because Jesus wants you to get up and have courage even when we are beaten and tired. May you remember on this Sunday that you cannot give up. You have to look ahead and walk.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And don’t forget Heaven is our goal.