Dear Church Family,
The Gospel today tells us the blind man, Bartimaeus, wants what all of us certainly want “physical sight.”
“Lord I want to see.” This passage is backed up by the promises that blessings will always be ours if we turn to the Lord. We hear Jeremiah blessedly reassuring the people of his time in words for us today. He reassures us today as he says, “The Lord has delivered His people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst, the mothers and those with child; they shall return as an immense throng. They departed in tears, but I will console them and guide them; I will lead them to brooks of water, on a level road, so that none shall stumble.” All of these images show God’s protection. He wants us to see.
Hear the words from Hebrews today which says, “Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God.”
Today let’s celebrate with a little more clearness, a little more clarity and a little more asking for the grace to see spiritually as we just live our lives in relationship with the Lord and with one another. Alleluia!
Love, Fr. Bob