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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

19 NOVEMBER 2018

Monday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Revelation 1:1-4 ; 2:1-5

 Psalm 1:1-4, 6

 Gospel LK 18:35-43


As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!" Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see." Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

 

 "FAITH" an Inner eye

 

“Have sight; your faith has saved you,” says Jesus to the blind man. Jesus is impressed by the man’s faith. The healing is granted as a reward for the type of faith he had. What makes the blind man’s faith special? Jesus was passing by. How many thousands of people Jesus has passed by, leaving no miracle and blessing behind? But the blind man in the story would not let that happen to him. Well, he may have no eyes. But that has not made him any less perceptive. He keeps awake, alert and is sensitive to every single person and happening around him. The irony in the story is that most of the people with seeing eyes did not really see what the blind man saw. Therefore they let Jesus pass them by, leaving them no blessing. But the blind man saw that Jesus was grace incarnated and moves to bond with him.


Great visionaries see possibilities and prospects of great future and build up institutions and initiates movements to realize it. Great sculptors see wonderful art pieces emerging from unattended, idling rocks. People of faith see grace in persons and events they encounter. We consider some persons to be too ordinary to merit our attention; some we find inconvenient that we keep them at a distance; some seem to be plain trouble that we hate them. The same is true of events and places. Each time we do so, we are letting grace pass by us. St Paul reminds us, “For those who believe, everything turns out to be a blessing.” More often than not, our eyes are deceptive. They deceive us into bypassing the blessing wrapped up in people and events around us. Like the blind man in the Gospel, we should see not what our eyes see, but what the spirit sees and stop on our track not letting the blessing that pass by us and invite it to lay its hand on us.


Rev. Dr. George Kulangara CMI


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