The Gospel Today
Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
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.
Reflection (Sem. Jasper S. Bautista)
Today’s Gospel is about one of the miracles Jesus performed because of faith. The blind man has such a profound faith that knowing Jesus was passing by, he cried out for help and asked for physical healing.
When I was a child, I thought of how I will have my disability when I grow old. This came to my mind because my grandfather had turned deaf while my grandmother slowly got blind. I made comparisons and I realized it would be harder to be blind. That prospect scared me. I could not see the beauty of nature anymore, or watch television, or see my playmates and loved ones. I could no longer make my drawings and many other things that I love doing.
Meanwhile, I thought being deaf is bearable. In my prison ministry, I met this blind prisoner whose nickname is Love. He is a massage therapist who learned his skills from a prison program. He has gotten more active in the Catholic faith which made his fellow inmates abandon him. The kind-hearted chaplain has since assigned him to stay in the refectory.
Love is a jolly guy who loves to laugh, but I admire him most for his knowledge of many verses in the bible which he sometimes uses to preach God. He has joined a number of church organizations and he always attends the Holy Mass. He confided to me once about his sufferings and loss of hope when he got blind and had many other problems. He almost had a suicide but through the grace of God and the encouragement of fellow prisoners, he discovered more the love and mercy of God, something that many people could not see.
For me, Jesus’ healing is not only physical. He heals most especially our heart and soul if only we open our eyes and not be blinded by our selfishness and close-mindedness. We should then pray for the grace of wisdom, “Lord…that I may see…”