Monday of the 33rd Week of the Year

Luke 18:35-43

The Healing of the Blind Beggar

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In March, 2001 three leading Philippine newspapers featured a blind young woman who graduated summa cum laude and the valedictorian of Ateneo de Manila University graduation. She was not blind from birth and we can imagine the pain experienced by both the child and her parents when she lost her sight. But the family was not deterred by this misfortune. They accepted the reality of the affliction, but were not overcome by it. The child’s parents did not waiver in their faith in the child’s ability and spared no time or effort to develop her talents to the full. Thus the incredible achievement.

No one wants to be blind and the burden of blindness becomes even heavier when one cannot accept its reality. In the gospel of today, the blind young man is fully aware of his malady, accepts it and therefore could ask for healing. He lost no time in shouting out his need to Jesus as he passed by. He knew what he wanted – to see. And he knew whom to call on. And Jesus healed him.

Jesus never disappoints the passionate, intense longing of the human heart because he himself is a man with a human heart, full of compassion and love. He hears our prayers, in his own way and time. (Sr. Imella, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)

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One radio commercial for an optometry clinic claims that 80% of our works depends on our eyes. 80% is rather a big chunk of activities that means that totally blind people have an output of only 20% with regard to work. Concretely that would mean that a blind person cannot participate in outdoor sports. He/she will have a very limited number of job opportunities. Forget cross stitching. Kiss all the movies goodbye. Do not ever consider swimming in the beach. Such was the situation of the blind man in the gospel and such were his felt needs that defied those who wanted to silence him. “The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet but he shouted all the louder, “Son of David have pity on me.” Jesus saw the obvious need of the blind and ever more He saw the raw desperation of someone who has gambled everything on Him along Jesus said, “Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.” Those whose faith remains sound and unshaken can hope for the saving action of God.

This incident about the stubborn blind man healed by Jesus tells something about Jesus Himself. Before the blind man called Him, Jesus was busy discoursing with people around Him. When he noticed the cry of the unseeing beggar, he stopped His activity and answered the cry for help. Jesus in effect was making another proclamation, namely, action speaks louder than words. Whereas his words where those of the kingdom, His action would bring about the realization of that kingdom. Jesus stopped His discourse and discoursed through His action – He restored the sight of the blind.

Indeed, our prayers, our love for God and the time we spend in the church should necessarily flow through our selfish existence and transform it into a concrete show of love. Then our religion will become genuine and lead us into thrilling and meaningful adventure with God. The words of St. John will follow those who follow Jesus: “Grace and peace to you from him who is, who was and who is to come…” (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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Today’s story of the blind of Jericho reminds me of a professor in Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City.  From birth, he had only one good eye! One day, this good eye got infected. He and the whole community got worried. What if he loses his only good eye? How can he read the tomes, reviews, articles in Theology so he remains an undated and effective professor! The professor got depressed. And so were we!

Indeed, how shortsighted can we be at times. We worry a lot and complain so much about some pains in our legs, arms, etc. until we see someone without legs, arms, feet or having lost one of them.

We should be equally eager to give thanks to God for our healthy body and its parts, as we are fast in complaining and getting depressed when we get depressed when we get some infection or cancer somewhere in our frail body!

Another thing which caught my attention in today’s gospel passage: Jesus’ reaction to the persistent cry of the blind man. Jesus was ever ready to leave whatever he was doing at the moment to answer someone’s call for help.

In other words, may we be faithful followers of Jesus who taught us not only in words but also in deed. When it comes to giving thanks let us do this daily; and in helping out our brothers and sisters, let us do so without unnecessary delay! (Fr. Flor Lagura, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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But as we know, there is a kind of blindness worse than physical, for it can lead one to eternal perdition and darkness. We call it spiritual blindness. When sin impedes our sight to see how badly we are living our life, let us, in a song, say to Jesus: Lord, take the blindness from my eyes. All my arrogance and pride, fill my vision with your light…

Another situation is when knowing what is right we let ourselves be led by others to do wrong. A story is told of a priest whose life was far from exemplary because of the influence of his dishonest friends. The bishop went to see him and told him, “Father, did not our Lord say that when a blind man leads another blind man, both of them will fall into a pit?” “Yes,” the priest replied, it is certainly foolish for a blind man to allow himself to be led by the blind.” ‘Who are they?” inquired the priest. “Persons like you,” the bishop said simply, “who allow themselves to be diverted from the path of righteousness.” (Morsels of Meaning by Bro. Andrew Maria, MMHC) – Fr. Loloy Salvar, SVD Bible Dairy 2006)

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Blindness is both physical and spiritual, it is said. No matter what form blindness takes, today’s gospel leads us to ask these questions: Who are we in the gospel story? Are we like the blind man, in need of healing and liberation or are we like the crowds, unconcerned and blind to the man’s physical condition, and who rebuked him telling him to keep silent? Or are we agents of change and transformation in our family or community so hat through us the people will see, follow and praise God? (Frt. Ciloy Boloron, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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Successful people are cut differently from the rest of humanity – they are the most focused and they know what they really want. Knowing what they want they passionately push themselves forward to meet their destiny. Their sense of need drives them relentlessly toward their goal. Nothing could stop them – not even seemingly insurmountable odds could.

The blind man by the roadside is helpless and dependent on the promptings and generosity of others. Nevertheless, he knew what he wanted – the recovery of his sight, and his dignity in the community. He lived in that spirit passionately from the very depth of his heart. And when the opportune time presented itself he did not hesitate to blurt it out: “Lord, please let me see.” His sight restored, the course of his life changed for good.

So, asking and naming what we truly need is half the need achieved. Pushing ourselves to achieve what we desire completes the process. Didn’t Jesus remind us that we only need to know what we want, and in faith ask and seek for it? For those who truly believe, even in the most impossible situation, God is able to do for us more than we could ever ask for or e3ven imagine (Eph 3:20). Let’s take the cue from the blind man – at first he only wanted to see, and it was granted. But more than just seeing physically, he longed to see the real source of light and decided to follow Him. (Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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A sixty-year-old woman was finally prevailed upon by her family to see an eye doctor. She had never worn glasses in her life; the doctor gave her a thorough test and asked her to return in three days when he would have the glass ready.

He fitted the glasses and asked her to look out the window. Almost breathless, she exclaimed, “Why, I can see the steeple of our church and it is three blocks away?” “You mean you were never able to see that steeple at that short distance?” asked the doctor. “Gracious no!” she declared, “I never knew i was supposed to see that far.” “Madam,” said the eye expert, “you’ve been going around for years half blind.” Similarly, many cannot see the truth which God has made known to us.

In today’s gospel episode, St. Luke presents two kinds of blindness, physical and spiritual blindness. The beggar from Jericho was suffering from physical blindness. Luke contrasts the beggar’s physical blindness with the disciples’ spiritual blindness. They were blind because they did not understand what Jesus said about His forthcoming passion, death and resurrection. Prior to the encounter with the blind beggar Jesus told them of what was going to happen to Him. Yet, “they understood nothing of this. His utterance remained obscure,” (Luke 18:34).

At the beginning of the episode, the blind beggar is at the same level as the disciples. He perceived the Messiah, yet he was still blind. He sensed the crowd’s enthusiasm for Jesus and came to the conclusion that the one passing by was no ordinary man, but the long-awaited Son of David, the Messiah. He thus shouted for help and mercy. Despite the opposition from the crowd, he persisted. His pleas of faith were heard and rewarded for Jesus restored his sight.

Today’s gospel episode reminds us that Jesus heals all kinds of blindness as long as the afflicted has faith. St. Paul said, “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for, an evidence of things not seen,” (Heb 11:1). Faith is like a third eye given by God to men and women. It allows a person to see invisible realities like the divinity of Jesus. (Fr. Emmanuel de Leon, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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November 14, 2016 Monday

When ills and misfortunes happen, we tend to conclude of God’s absence and abandonment of those who love him. When prayers are unanswered, we almost doubt God’s inability to listen.When life turns wayward, we falsely believe that God has ceased to care. In events that make human life miserable, anyone can become blind to the real presence of God. Despite this spiritual blindness, one can only hope to see again.

In the Gospel, the blind man’s sight was restored, first, by him listening to the Word of God, Jesus, in faith. The blind man did not see but only heard of Jesus and believed. Believing, he called on Jesus and cried out for mercy, even more loudly when people rebuked him, telling him to be silent.

The blind man’s faith was very strong; no external influence could shatter it.  With a strong faith and before Jesus, the blind man had the courage to ask for the restoration of his sight. Jesus said to him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” The blind man, still blind before Jesus, believed what he yet was unable to see but only what he had heard. By virtue of such a faith, his sight was restored.

Life’s misfortunes are like heavy clouds that blur our seeing and interpreting situations correctly.  Yet behind the dark clouds, God in Jesus Christ manifests his real presence. Like the blind man’s, a strong faith enables restoration of sight to see God. A strong faith pierces through doubt’s darkness, eases the feeling of being abandoned and the false thinking that God no longer listens or cares.

“Faith is to believe in the word of God, what we do not see, and its reward is to see and enjoy what we believe” (St. Augustine of Hippo). (Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD | DWST, Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)

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The most enriching good habit – Complimenting others

The most destructive bad habit – Worry

The greatest joy – Giving

The greatest loss – Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work – Helping others

The ugliest personality trait – Selfishness

The most endangered species – Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource – Our youth

The ugliest look – A frown

The greatest “shot in the arm” – Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome – Fear

The most effective sleeping pill – Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease – Excuses

The surest way to limit God – Unbelief

The most powerful forces in life – Love

The most dangerous piranha – A gossiper

The Greatest Life-Giver – The Creator

The worlds most incredible computer – The brain

The worst thing to be without – Hope

The deadliest weapon – The tongue

The two most power-filled words – “I Can”

The greatest asset – Faith

The most worthless emotion – Self-pity

The most beautiful attire – A SMILE!

The most prized possession – Self esteem

The most powerful channel of communication – Prayer

The most contagious sprit – Enthusiasm

The most urgent need – SALVATION

The GREATEST – GOD

Send by Glenda Tay Ei-Na

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The blind man could not see. That is a fact. It seems to me though that even if he could sense or see with his being. He could not see with his eyes but he could sense with his heart. That is why he immediately felt the disgust of the crowd. That is why he immediately felt the accepting attitude of Jesus. When God takes away our physical sight, experiences teaches us that our other senses are sharpened. Such was the case of the blind man. He could not see with his eyes but he could sense and see with the heart.

On the other hand, the crowd around Jesus, the Apostles following the Lord could see but they did not like to look. They were playing blind. They did not even like to set their eyes on the blind man asking for help. That is the sad reality. You and I sometimes catch ourselves with a street child, begging for food and money and we say to ourselves: “Oh these beggars are run by syndicates.” We rationalize that their parents abuse them so we end up giving them money. But whoever told us that we are going to be diminished? whoever said that the poor will be spoiled if we just glance at them with kindness in our eyes or give them a simple look of concern, charity and compassion.

What are the people we do not like to see? Who are the people we play blind to? There are so many people we put in this category. Let me tell you that talking with them, looking at them and seeing with the heart5 has never caused anybody to be spoiled or destroyed. God gave us eyes so that we can see. God gave us a heart so that we can see better. Let us use them all the time. 9Socrates Villegas, Love Like Jesus, p. 183)

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WORD Today (1Mc 1:10-15, 54-57, 62-63; Luke 18:35-43): A blind man asks Jesus to make him see. Because of his faith, Christ grants his request. He then follows Him on His way to Jerusalem.

In the first reading, evil foreign King Antiochus convinces many Jewish leaders and people to reject God and His laws, and instead adopt pagan idols and follow sinful lifestyles. Today many of our leaders and people are convinced by the evil foreign king of darkness, Satan, to adopt contraceptives which reject the cross of giving life in favour of the idols of pleasure and wealth. Historically, contraception has always led to legal abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage and euthanasia. Life and the family are under attack. May we open our eyes to recognize evil and where it leads (Fr. Iko Bajos Nov 18, 2013).

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CATECHISM a Day (Lk 18:43): “He immediately received his sight and followed Him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

PRAYER OF PRAISE (CCC 2639)

Praise is a prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. It lauds God for His own sake and gives Him glory quite beyond what He does but simply because HE is. It shares in the blessed happiness of the pure of heart who love God in faith before seeing Him in glory. By praise, the Spirit is joined to our spirits to bear witness that we are children of God, testifying to the only Son in whom we are adopted and by whom we glorify the Father. Praise embraces the other forms of prayer and carries them toward Him who is its source and goal: God the Father from whom are all things and for whom we exist (Fr. Iko Bajos Oct 18, 2013).

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MONDAY OF THE 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (A) – LUKAS 18:35-43. Makadungog ba kita sa singgit sa mga kabos ug nanginahanglan? Ang makililimos nga buta diha sa daplin sa dalan maoy nagrepresentar sa mga tawo nga walay tingog sa katilingban. Sa dihang siya nisinggit, “Hesus, anak ni David, kaloy-i intawon ako!”, gipahilom siya sa mga tawo. Para sa kadaghanan, ang makililimos dili angay motingog kay makadisturbo sa uban. Apan, dili kini mao ang pagbati ni Hesus. Nihunong Siya, nakighinabi sa buta, ug nangutana, “Unsa may buot nimo nga buhaton ko kanimo?” Kining ebanghelyo maghagit kanato: sa pagbaton og dalunggan nga makadungog sa hilak sa mga kabos, masulob-on, ug maluyahon; sa paghupot og kasingkasing nga mobati sa kalisod sa uban; ug sa pagpanig-iya og baba nga makamaong mangutana, “Igsoon, unsa may akong ikatabang kanimo?” Posted by Abet Uy

LUKE 18: 35-43. Do we hear the cries of the poor and needy? The blind beggar by the way is representing people who have no voice in society. When he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”, He told the man. For many people, the beggars should not speak to disturb others. However, this is not the feelings of Jesus. He stopped, talked to the blind, and asked, “What do you do for you?” This gospel asks us: to have ears to hear the cry of the poor, sad, and weak; keep a heart to feel the suffering of others; and to favor his mouth could ask, “Brother, what can I help you?”

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Monday, November 16, 2015

MONDAY OF THE 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 18:35-43.UNSA MAN NGA MATANG ANG ATONG PAGKABUTA? Ang makililimos sa ebanghelyo usa ka buta, apan aduna siyay espiritohanong panan-aw –- nakita niya ang Dios diha kang Hesus. Ang mga tawo makakita, pero buta sila sa espiritohanong kamatuoran –- wala nila nakita ang dakong panginahanglan og Dios sa usa ka tawo. Matag usa kanato adunay lain-laing klase sa pagkabuta. Ang mga sikolohista nagtudlo nga matag tawo adunay “blindspots.” Adunay dili makakita sa iyang mga sayop; adunay buta sa gugma; ug naa puy buta sa mga lihok sa Dios. Si Antoine de Saint-Exuspery nag-ingon: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Atong hangyoon si Hesus nga ayohon ang atong kasingkasing aron makakita kita sa mga butang nga bililhon sa kinabuhi. Posted by Abet Uy

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Reflection for Monday November 17, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious; Luke 18:35-43 –

Reflection: Who is Jesus to you? Is Jesus the hope and salvation of your life? The blind man in our gospel had his hope and salvation anchored in Jesus. When he heard that Jesus was passing by he shouted with all his might, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” His shout comprised his prayer with faith in Jesus.

From a hopeless situation the blind man suddenly found hope and salvation because Jesus passed by him. And Jesus did not disappoint the blind man because He asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Then the blind man said in reply, Please let me see my Lord and immediately he receive his sight and he became a follower of Jesus from thereon.

What separates the blind man from us? It’s his persistent and persevering faith, it’s faith that can move mountains. This is what separates this blind man from us, what if we are in the shoes of the blind man? Would we simply give-up because we were rebuked and sternly told to be silent?

But this blind man, when he was rebuked and told to be silent the more that he persisted and the more that he cried to Jesus for help.  And because of his persevering and persistent faith he was heard and given the gift of sight by Jesus.

What is it that we want from Jesus? Let us not give-up, let us be persistent and have faith for Jesus will soon hear us. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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PRAYER OF FAITH – Beggars and vendors at times can be annoying, I must confess. Let me explain before you judge and condemn me. They are annoying, not because they are beggars or are ambulant vendors. They can be obnoxious when they demand, when they call your attention by holding your hand, tugging your shirt, or tapping your shoulder, following you wherever you go, and badgering you until you capitulate. Ambulant vendors could also make you feel sorry for yourself, especially when they shove their wares almost at the tip of your nose, forcing you to buy something you don’t want or need.

Time and again, however, I run into well-mannered kids who move me into buying their goods even if I have no need for them. And I meet up with vendors who almost make me feel guilty for not even noticing them.

Why is this, you might ask? One simple reason: They have enough self-respect and dignity to treat their potential buyers with the same respect they have for themselves. They know how to treat people with respect, and that attitude simply shows in their overall behavior. They do not refer to you perfunctorily as Mister, Missus, Ma’am, Sir, Kuya or Ate, all uttered with hardly a tone of deference, but done as part of their daily routine.

Today’s beggar must have caught the attention of the Lord precisely because he was not the typical beggar who would almost twist your arm to get what he wants. His plea was not just a selfish demand. His petition was really, first and foremost, a prayer of faith. He called the Lord by His name and acknowledged Him for who He was, the promised “Son of David.”

The people, whom the blind man asked upon hearing the commotion of the crowds, were not as personal. The best answer they could come up with was “Jesus of Nazareth.” There was nothing warm and intimate between Jesus of Nazareth and the crowds who probably followed Him only out of curiosity.

The blind man, however, showed more than just human warmth and esteem for the Lord. His was a prayer of faith, no less! Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you have a tendency to twist the arm of God when you pray for something you desire badly?

May I learn to trust that You only want what’s best for me, Lord, every time I pray to You.

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TELL HIM – “What do you want me to do for you?” – Luke 18:41

God knows what you will ask from Him even before you tell Him. Nonetheless, tell Him.

As a father to my kids, I almost always know what my son or daughter will ask from me. Still, I want them to tell me. Why? So that we can talk and nourish our relationship. And because more than what I give or what my child receives, the more important thing is our  relationship — the giver and the receiver, the father and the child.

When you pray and ask God for what you need, your talking to Him is already creating miracles. You recognize Him. You honor Him. You depend on Him. You profess your faith in Him. Whether you receive what you asked for or not, developing your relationship with Him is what matters most.

Also, you know that when you receive what you asked for, it’s from Him! You asked for it, right? So you become grateful, joyful and humble, knowing that the blessings you have are not the fruit of your hard work but are given by His grace.

Now, hear Jesus ask you again, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Tell Him. Talk to Him. Now. Alvin Barcelona (apb_ayo@yahoo.com)

Reflection: What is your topmost need or dream right now? Tell Jesus about it in detail. Expect Him to answer your prayers as you deepen your relationship with Him.

Dear Lord, this is what I want You to do for me today. (Specify what it is.) Thank You for answering my prayer in the best possible way. I love You, Jesus.

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MISERICORDIA – The Gospel today opens with the line, “As Jesus drew near Jericho.” Many times in the Gospels, Jesus is shown as heading towards Jericho. Jericho is one of the most well-known places in the Bible. Biblical scholars tell us that Jericho has the reputation of a city of sin. It was the popular city destroyed when the Israelites entered the Promised Land. Mentioning Jericho is not merely a geographical detail of a story. It conveys a theological lesson worth pondering on.

Religious leaders in Jesus’ time were not found in places of sin. They were not supposed to associate with sinners, lest they be contaminated and rendered impure. Jesus went and passed through Jericho — that city of sin — many times. He did not go around it. He did not avoid it. Why? Because that is precisely His mission: “I came not to call the righteous but the sinners” (Luke 5:32); “Healthy people do not need a doctor, sick people do” (Mark 2:17).

This is why the Gospel is really good news. We do not have to hide from God as Adam and Eve did after knowing that they sinned (see Genesis 3:8-10). We do not have to prop ourselves up and make us “presentable” for Him notice us. We do not have to make up stories that will justify us before Him. It is our misery that attracts Jesus to us. Paradoxically, it is our sin that attracts Him towards us. Mercy is attracted by misery.

The Latin for mercy is misericordia, which means a heart that goes out for misery. God’s love for us sinners spring from within this heart, not from what He finds in us. God loves us because He chooses to do so, because He is misericordia.

Do you want to return that love? Do you want to give back to that love? Give up your sin; after all, that is the only thing that is really your own. And that is the only thing God really wants from you — that He may redeem it, for everything else in you comes from Him anyway. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: When did you last visited the confessional? Misericordia is waiting for you.

Have mercy on me, God, in Your kindness; and in Your compassion, blot out my offense. Amen.

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READY FOR YOU – “What do you want me to do for you?” – Luke 18:41 “What do you want me to do for you?”

This is my opening line to patients who consult with me in the clinic. It shows that I’m ready to listen and tohelp. It is a very powerful question that makes patients reflect about their expectations from their doctor. It gives me a good look on how they feel and how they want to be helped.

Through my patient’s response to the question, I get to respond to their needs effectively and target what would make them feel better.

I believe that the Divine Physician asks us this question every day. Is there anything that you are praying for? Tell Him how you feel.

Tell Him about your pain, your hurt and your ill feelings.

Ask for healing, for a miracle and for a breakthrough.

Just respond to Him and believe that in faith, whatever we ask of Him He will give to us.

He is ready for you. Didoy Lubaton (didoymd@gmail.com)

Reflection: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Lord, it’s my turn to say and pray, what do You want me to do for You? Use me for Your glory.

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November 16, 2015

Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

1Mac 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63, Lk 18:35-43

Wakefulness and Alertness

It is incredible that history repeats itself. Nobody seems to learn lessons from the past. The very same mistakes are repeated time and again. Today’s first reading from the Book of Maccabees tells us the story of king Antiochus Epiphanes who wanted to consolidate all cultures and all religions of his kingdom. Through a decree he suppressed all religions and all cultures in his kingdom and imposed a religion and culture of his own make on all his subjects. In spite of shedding a lot of blood and tears he could not achieve what he wanted. Like King Antiochus, even now there are people who believe unity is uniformity. The powerful and the majority often try to impose themselves on the weak and the minority. They label variations and deviations as evil and discriminate and oppress them. In this regard, no culture, nation, religion, or society can wash its hands and say like Pontius Pilot “I am innocent of this man’s blood” (Mt 27:24). We must realize that diversity is God’s way. We should learn to respect and appreciate differences. Pope Francis shows us the way. When he was questioned by journalists about the ‘gay lobby’ his quick response was, “Who am I to judge?” That is an attitude of humility and compassion rather than that of pride and arrogance.

Today’s Gospel presents a blind beggar who refuses to be silenced by the majority. His was a lone voice, but he used it effectively until it was recognized and responded. There is no need to be ashamed of our limits and limitations, our differences and deficiencies. Why should anybody feel embarrassed to ask for help and support from those who are capable of offering it? It is often our ego and pride that prevents us from seeking and receiving the help we badly need. Wakefulness and alertness are essential to become conscious of our situation and also of the opportunities that are available. On a daily basis opportunities pass by us. If we lock ourselves in our self-made prison we will never get cured of our blindness. Availability of medicine will not cure anybody unless it is taken. Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

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November 14, 2016

There was once a young king who was as kind as he was handsome. One day he spotted a dirty young beggar girl, fell in love with her, had her brought to the palace and ordered that she be cleaned up and dressed in rich clothes. Then he visited her once a year, always asking her the same question: “What do you want me to give you?” Each year the young girl would ask for something of increasing value: a new set of clothes, a gold ring, a diamond tiara, a castle, and so on, her requests getting bolder and bolder. But each time the king would answer sadly: “That is too little. I wish to give you much more. Maybe next year…” This continued for 6 years, finally, on the seventh interview with the young king, she looked deeply into his eyes and said: “What I really want, Your Majesty, is you.” It was the correct answer.

If Jesus appeared to you one of these days and asked you what he asked the blind man of Jericho: “What do you want me to do for you?” Would you be honestly able to say: “What I really want more than anything in the world is to be with you, Lord”?

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