Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (I) (20th November, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 118:188.8.131.52.155.158. (R. cf.v.88);
Topic: Blind man’s faith.
As Jesus approached Jericho in today’s gospel, a blind man who sat by the roadside begging shouted loudly when he learnt who was passing, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people in front tried to stop him but he shouted even more loudly. Jesus stopped and the man was brought to Him. The interaction between Jesus and the man goes thus, “‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’”
It is not necessary to say that the blind man was under the burden of blindness. It is unfortunate that some interpreted his struggle to be freed from the bondage as nuisance. However, he did not succumb to their shunning because he/she who wears the shoe knows exactly where and how it pinches.
This blind man took his burden to Jesus in line with His invitation in the gospel, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). And he was actually given rest from the burden of physical blindness. Like the blind man, each and every one of us also carry around his/her burden. It is important to check where we take our burdens to and where they take us to.
Only Christ Jesus can give us true rest. No one should allow anything to take him/her away.
Bible Readings: Ps 95:1-11.
Thought for today: In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
Let us pray: May God help us to remember always that we are nothing without Him – Amen (cf. Jn 15:5).
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