Sunday, November 18, 2018
MONDAY, 33RD Week in Ordinary Time
November 19,2018 – MONDAY, 33RD Week in Ordinary Time
Rv 1: 1- 4: 2: 1-5 / Lk 18: 35 - 43
GOSPEL READING: Lk 18: 35- 43
When Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road, begging. As he heard the crowd passing by, he inquired what it was, and they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going by. Then he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" The people in front scolded him, "Be quiet!' but he cried out all the more, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
Jesus stopped and ordered the blind man to be brought to him, and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the man said, "Lord, that I may see!" Jesus said, "Receive your sight; your faith has saved you." At once the blind man was able to see and he followed Jesus, giving praise to God. And all the people who were there also praised God.
Today's Gospel reading is a reminder to us of our need for God and an invitation for us to call out to the Lord in our need.
Ernest Becker says that the greatest dilemma faced by man is the realization of the "mortal coil." Man is perplexed by his mortality and can be paralyzed by the notion of the absurdity of his very existence.
In response to these anxieties, he holds on tighter to the things he considers his securities in the world. He holds on to his capabilities and achievements thinking that this is what life is all about,
Therefore, man strives to master and control his life and to work hard at it. Great technological developments make it easier for man to forget God. He becomes so obsessed with his achievements he finds no space for God.
When serious problems come, many seemingly insoluble, man realizes he does not have all the answers. Then, hopefully, he realizes his need of God.
In the Gospel reading the blind man, desperate due to his disability, finds hope in Jesus the miracle-worker. He requests Jesus to cure him. The merciful Jesus restores his sight, "Receive your sight; your faith has saved you."
In his mercy Jesus restores the sight of the blind man. In our problems and needs, may we have recourse to God, to the powerful God who loves and cares for us.
Let us pray for similar persistence and faith when we pray to God for our needs and the needs of the world. May we realize we cannot fully control our lives as we wish, if we wish to be truly happy.
Have a good day!
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