MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of St. Philips Neri
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 10: 46-52
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
WHEN reading, meditating and reflecting the Gospel today, I pray to Jesus Christ as Bartimeus that he has mercy on me! I have problem with my right eye called pterygium. Although I’m not blind as Bartimeus, but many times it makes me suffered so much.
Twelve years ago, I had the same problem with my left eye. Four times it should be done surgical treatment. And around four years ago, my right eye suffered the same problem. Oh my God, have mercy on me! Thanks for this cross.
So when reading, meditating and reflecting the experience of Bartimeus, I can feel his physical ailment. But now I feel as well that his life will never again be the same since his encounter with Christ. He is completely transformed by Christ interiorly, even his physical ailment is cured. He can see again.
In my mind, to see again means to understand my life and all it entails from God’s perspective. It means also that I am happy fulfilling God’s will for me, no matter what God is asking of me.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, while worshipping Jesus Christ, at the time we must be like Bartimaeus. We are crying out even more loudly, asking for his mercy that we can see his love and always be happy.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we come to you to pray and to adore. Help us to see the great things you are doing in our lives. Help us to see the moments of the cross as true opportunities to grow in our personal relationship with you now and forever. Amen.