November 14, 2016
Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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. Philip Faustino S. Volante)
The Gospel for today reminds me of one word, and that is “PERSISTENCE”.
The blind man, learning that Jesus Christ is near him kept on shouting Jesus’ name even though people are telling him to be silent. But because of his persistence, he was noticed by Jesus and was healed. Looking at it, Jesus did not heal him because he was persistent alone. But Jesus healed him because his persistence gave way for his faith to be revealed.
In this modern time and age, most of us try to look for things that are instant, we want quick answers or fast results. It is as if we are now living in a world that cannot wait. We lose faith in waiting, in patience, in persistence. We want everything to be fast that we tend to forget the beauty of the process in each and every step that we face. The value inserted in the pains and struggles, the little joys and the little triumphs that make each and every process more meaningful, and the fulfillment we experience upon reaching or achieving the goal we long for.
If we put it in the context of our faith, we continue to ask God for so many things. We always storm the heavens with our prayers, and yet there are times we feel that God is not answering us, until we stop and find other alternatives that can give us quick results. We have to always be persistent in our faith, because God cannot resist a person who persists. Even if people (or even you) tell us (yourself) to be quiet, never stop storming God with our prayers because in His own time, he will look on us with faith and will tell us, “your faith have healed you.”