Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection May 30, 2024


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R/. Come before him, singing for joy.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. . I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

1.      Blindness is a great loss. Only one who is blind can really know how terrible it is. It is true that many of us feel so much pity for the blind people. We feel sad that they are missing so much, that they miss the colours, the beauty of life and people. We may also wonder how they can accept such deprivation and live happily.

2.      Such human emotion is good toward others. But do we realize and appreciate how blessed we are to have sight, to be able to see? Do we also act responsibly on what we see? Do we have a sense of discretion regarding what to see and what not to see?

3.      Jesus in the gospel heals a blind man by the name Bartimaeus. This blind man can teach us simple but useful lessons for our life. His blindness reduces him to a beggary, sitting by the roadside. He hears of Jesus’ coming. He does not want to miss the chance of healing.

4.      He cries out pleading with Jesus to have mercy on him. The rebuke of the annoyed people to keep quiet does not silence his voice nor quieten his desire for healing. He persists all the more in his cry for help. His perseverance catches the attention of the Master and wins his mercy. He is called by Jesus.

5.      When told that he was called by the Master, we can note some notable actions on his part. He throws off his mantle. He springs up. He comes to Jesus. Already the very call by the Lord itself ensures him the recovery of his sight. He no longer feels the need of his mantle. He needs no more to sit, stuck to the ground.

6.      That is why he springs up and moves to Jesus. Here too, at the encounter with Jesus, he is quite clear about what he needs. Asked by Jesus, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he is prompt to answer, “Master, let me receive my sight”.

7.      His faith is rewarded. Jesus heals him saying “Your faith has made you well. Go your way”. He is no longer blind. He is able to see, able to see and walk the way. His sight is not only physical. His sight is whole and holistic. He is able to see the Lord. That is why, instead of going his way, he follows Jesus on his way.

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