November 20, 2017
Monday of the 33rd 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 (Mr. Aries Caesar P. Ballano)
As I go through with the course of my life, sometimes I am like a blind beggar in the gospel in whom Jesus cured. It has been said that our eyes are the window of our soul. Eyesight then, is so important so that we could see and appreciate the wondrous works of our God. Could you imagine yourself having no eyesight? Indeed, it’s so impatient and seems your existence in this world is incomplete and meaningless!
In the Gospel, I really like the attitude of the blind beggar asking God to heal him by giving him vision. He is very humble and yet he is very enthusiastic in asking God to heal him. Besides, he is also a faithful blind beggar. Though he cannot see Jesus, but then, his faith in God is more than enough for him to see and express his faith. Certainly, Jesus himself do not hesitate to cure this blind beggar because He knows very well that this blind beggar has this faith in Him. Indeed, Jesus commanded right away, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
As I reflected upon, I was invited also to become like the blind beggar. In my life, sometimes, I am getting blind already of so many things, to the extent of losing my faith in God. But in this Gospel, the blind beggar is telling and challenging me to be more patient, humble and enthusiastic in asking and receiving God’s goodness by putting and building faith in our hearts. Like him, his faith in God saves him and eventually change his vision in life. Indeed, FAITH in God can move mountain. Therefore, it is now, an eye-opener not only for me, but for all of us that as we continue with our battles in our lives, FAITH in God is our best weapon to face challenges and trials. For Faith in God is our basic foundation in our Christian lives.