Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
The blind man we read in the Gospel according to St. Luke today, according to the Gospel of Mark is identified as Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). When he hear that Jesus is passing by, he shouts, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuke him, telling him to be silent, but he keeps calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!”
This blind man is in desperate need and Jesus is ready not only to empathize with His suffering but to relieve it as well. Jesus commends him for recognizing who he is with the eyes of faith and grants him physical sight as well. Bartimeus recognizes his need for God’s healing grace and he seeks Jesus out, with persistent faith and trust in His goodness and mercy.
He is not only grateful for the gift of faith and the gift of physical sight, but for the opportunity to follow Jesus as one of His disciples. St Luke tells us that he immediately follows Jesus and gives glory to God.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we glorify Jesus Christ as Bartimeus has done it. We accept the duty of loving Christ and we follow Him, offering Him glory. We give glory to God for He has given us the eyes of faith to recognize Him as our Lord and Healer
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of our heart and mind that we may see and understand the truth and goodness of Your word. May we never fail to recognize Your presence with us and to call upon our saving grace in our time of need and healing, now and forever. Amen
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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