30th Ordinary – Year B – Master, I want to see… too!
Bottom Line: The man who is blind can now see, the beggar who distains even what little he has, has riches beyond compare because he recognized Jesus. This is the Good News. This really is Good News. This is a cause of joy for us all. It is a cause of joy because it truly means that the world as we see it is not the real world. This world, in which the selfish and the greedy rise to the top, is only a superficial world. This world, in which your looks are more important than the beauty that lies within, is a shallow world.
Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong (St. Teresa of Avila – Grovetown, GA)
30th Ordinary – Year B
Master, I want to see… too!
Blindness in Christ’s time was common. Hygiene was very primitive. Eye doctors had not yet arrived with their magic drops and wonderful lasers. Jesus passes, by the side of the road a blind man, who can only hear a commotion, but cries out “Master, I want to see.” Is that what we need too? So why don’t we learn from the blind Bartimaeus’ beg Master, I want to see too!
Onlookers tried to silence him, but Bartimaeus paid no heed.; Then as now, people had no time or patience for the handicapped. They want to tell us what we should say, do and think. The whole goal of our existence has been confused by an agnostic or even atheistic media and a consumerism that has turned materialism into a new idolatry. That they have made us legally blind
But as Jesus is walking by. There is no time for Bartimaeus to hesitate. He does not care what people think or say. He knows that if he does not take advantage of the presence of the Lord now, he will remain blind forever. So he said: “Master, I want to see.”
We do not know how many opportunities we will have to respond to the presence of the Lord. Sometimes the doors he opens for us are only opened momentarily. A teenager hears a subtle challenge to the faith in school and asks his parents how they could believe. The opportunity is right then and only then to nurture his faith. A neighbor is looking for someone to speak to. It is then and only then that we can bring Christ’s love to her. A husband, a wife is discouraged. The spouse must be supportive now, not later. The Lord only gives us so many opportunities in life. We only have so much time to take advantage of each of them.
The problems we normally face is that in times of need, instead of looking for Jesus, and call for help, we complain. Instead of leaning on God’s shoulder, we run away from him. In stead of recognize that He is the Creator, the Lord, we look to find others lords in the material world. Bartimaeus regains his sight because he recognized or saw who Jesus really was: the Son of David, the Messiah
Jesus stresses that it is the man’s faith that has saved him. Note the word saved; Jesus doesn’t say he was healed or that he recovered his sight. No, he was saved. And as a result he immediately followed Jesus along the road.
We too need this kind of sight, the sight that comes from faith; the sight that sees what is really essential. We too need this faith to call out when others tell us to shut up. You will surely have noticed the further irony of the very ones who told Bartimaeus to shut up quickly change their tune when Jesus calls him to come near. Now they patronizingly tell Bartimaeus to have courage when he was the one with the courage. They were the cowards afraid to commit themselves to Jesus.
The man who is blind can now see, the beggar who distains even what little he has, has riches beyond compare because he recognized Jesus. This is the Good News. This really is Good News. This is a cause of joy for us all. It is a cause of joy because it truly means that the world as we see it is not the real world. This world, in which the selfish and the greedy rise to the top, is only a superficial world. This world, in which your looks are more important than the beauty that lies within, is a shallow world.
My dear brothers and sisters, to see the real world does not require sight, it requires insight, and it requires faith. This is the world that counts. This is the world in which we believe. This is the world which lasts forever. This is the world in which we can be at one with God. This is the world in which we place all our hope.
But to see that world requires us to ask: “Jesus, Son of God. I want to see!” Don’t be afraid to call on him. Call on him today, tomorrow, the day after. Call on him every time you need him! But call on him especially in the Liturgy! In His true presence – The Eucharist!
Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong