Tuesday 10 November 2015

Monday of 33rd week, odd numbered year Lundi de la 33e semaine, année impaire

“’What do you want me to do for you?’ asked Jesus. ’Sir’, he replied’ Let me see again! ’”

1M. 1,10-15,41-43,54-57 62-64 Ps.118 Lk.18,35-43

Monday of 33rd Week, odd numbered year

“As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the road side begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazerene was passing by. So he called out ’Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!’”

We are in admiration before the attention that Jesus has for the blind man in Jericho. Transformed by this encounter, he begins to follow Jesus on the road. This instantaeous conversion, due to faith, is for us today a sign. Hearts are transformed after a time of searching. In this Gospel passage we see how the intervention of Jesus was needed for him to reach Jesus, and so that one could witness the recognition of this blind man who was healed! For this blind beggar evolved under the paralysed gaze of the crowds. Despite these negatives looks, he moved forward with perserverance towards Jesus who could save him. Like this crowd, we are not always adjusted to the feelings in Jesus’ heart! This man calls, cries out! The Holy Spriit acts in his deepest heart : ’Jesus, Son of God, have pity on me.’ This man has a look of faith as he is healed. Faith is not a conquest , it is something this man will become, a man who converts, turning freely towards Jesus whom he has just discovered as a Saviour. We too place our confidence in Him and commit ourselves in a covenant with him, so as ’to follow him.’ This decision transforms our way of being and of acting, it becomes impossible to live without this vital realtionship with Jesus.

"The people in front scolded him and told him to be quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ’Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ’ What do you want me to do for you?’’ Sir’ he replied ’let me see again! ’

Jesus is going to answer his deepest desire in his heart. He says to him ’ See.’ Jesus’ benevolent look is going to bring about change in the blind man and in the community. This transformation that Jesus brings about is a mysterious one, it is in the way people see things. Still today Jesus says to us ’What do you want me to do for you?’ We have the possibility to tell him our cry : ’Lord, make me see! ’ In fact Jesus does love me, he heals me and gives me the

courage to say to those who suffer : ’Courage, he’s calling you! ’ When we read the book of the saints, we are marked by the recital of their conversion. It is always an encounter with Jesus. It is not always a spectacular conversion, like Saint Paul’s on the road to Damascus. At baptism every Christian recieves the virtue of faith, with hope and charity. But these virtues are only efficient when we become aware of them and when we use them for the service of our brothers and also to give thanks.

“Jesus said to him, ’Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And isntantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God.”

Today we encounter Jesus in his Church, in the sacrements, and in multiple ways in the Gospel. Faith is a Light from above, one that enlightens our intelligence and it is also a divine strength which makes our will dynamic so as to bring committment into our life. This virtue of faith comes from Jesus, but it needs our response in order to act. If we welcome it, faith allows us to live happily amidst this indifferent and materialistic world. To believe means to recognise the Presence of the Risen Lord Jesus in His Church. His presence gives us the Word of Life, the Grace of the Risen Lord who puts us into relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit so as to discover other Church members. The Church sustains us in prayer and in our daily realtionship with Jesus. Our faith, as all life, can always grow, and for this it needs to be nourrished by the Listening to the Word of God. We need to be able to express it with the words of our own culture. And so, thanks to this new way of seeing things, there comes about a transformation of the social body of which we are a part.

We ask for the grace to pray for the world, to be this poor one who remains with Jesus, Saviour of the world.