XXX Sunday in Ordinary Time – Homily
Saint Louis King of France,
Father Carlos Donato, MDiv
“Master, may I see!”
The Liturgy today invites us to contemplate three different feelings. First, the lamentations of the exiled people of Israel that had been taken over from their land and brought to the land of slavery. Second, the feeling of Hope because we have one eternal priest according to the order of Melchizedek who offered once for all himself in sacrifice for the forgiven of our sins. Finally, the joy, Joy that comes from the certitude of redemption and salvation because the messianic time arrived in our midst.
On the first reading we find the prophet Jeremiah who was brought to the exile with his people. He saw his people being made slave and treated badly by the oppressor. Jeremiah’s mission was to bring and to keep hope for the people in exile. In particular, the first reading today presents to us the return from the exile. God is telling his people through the prophet that they should shout with joy because God has delivered his people the remnant of Israel” (Jer 31); from the exile.
Brethren, nobody is excluded from the joy of been brought back home. Thus says the Lord: “I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst, the mother with a child they shall return as an immense throng” (Jer.31). The joy is for all, even for the ones that at the exile time were the marginalized of the society. Because of that it the psalmist invites us, today, to say united with the Israelites who were coming back from the exile: “When The Lord brought back the captives of Zion we were like men dreaming. Our mouth was filled with laugher, our tongue with rejoicing” (Psl 126).
On the Gospel today, Jesus is passing by, while he was on his missionary way from one place to another. Jesus is fulfilling the announcement of the good news of salvation to his people. According to the description of the Gospel, many people were following him.
However, Saint Mark wants us to look particularly to one man seated at the road side. There is a blind man whose name is Bartimeaus. The bind man probably has been begging his whole life. He has been doing it not for pleasure but out of necessity. He need to survive. Because of his disability he was one of those marginalized by his own society.
Bartimaeus was blind but not coward, he was courageous, perseverant and had a great faith. He did not stop to cry out until he got Jesus’ himself hears and attention. “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me” this phrase became a litany. A prayerful repetition of a supplication.
Despite of the attitude of the disciples to make Bartimeaus be quiet and not disturb Jesus, The Lord listened his prayers and called Bartimeaus to him. Take courage: get up, Jesus is calling you” was the calling to a complete change to that poor blind man.
Why did he get Jesus attention? And what was so powerful in his calling for Jesus? He was crying out his profession of faith in Jesus. He was in a loud voice recognizing and proclaiming that Jesus is the Son of David. Therefore, he is proclaiming with faith that Jesus is the Messiah. The Son promised to David which reign will never see an end!
Even though we, who are here today, know who Jesus is, many time we are blind and not able to recognize him and his power. Dear Brothers, many times in our lives we are blind by some obstacle that does not let us see the truth or to fallow Jesus more closely. Sin, division, partiality animosity are examples of many things that can make us blind. In addition we are leaving in a society that always will dictate to us to be silent. Do not speak and do not ask! Be coward is the order of the day. But, brethren, we never ever should be silent before anything that is not just or true. We must cry out alike Bartimaeus asking with faith for Jesus.
After Jesus had asked the poor blind man to him he said: “What do you want me to do for you? And the blind man replied to him, Master, I want to see” (Mk 10). That petition was bigger that we can think of it! He is asking Jesus the grace to see, to be enlightened by Jesus. I want to see! It is his request to God.
Today, it should be our prayer to the Lord. Master, I want to see. I want to see you will! What does You Lord want from your Church in this time of darkness? Saint Paul VI, on the year of faith on 1967, advised us that the smoke of Satan entered in the Church. We see it as reality on this time of distress and chaos in the whole Church. What does the Lord want to teach his Church and in particular to his Church who is pilgrim here in Memphis. We are leaving a particular time in our own diocesan Church.
Domine, ut videam! Lord, may I see! We must know that it is not a time for gossiping or to start division between us. It is not time to open old wounds. There is not such winners or losers. There is not left or right party it is not a civil society politics! We are the Church of God! Who now need cry out to our Blessed Lord: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me”, have pity on your Church universal and particular. Lord, may we be united, healed and saved. Let us see, Lord, what we should change in order to make your church, our mother more beautiful resplendent without wrinkle of corruption or division.
And Jesus told him: ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you’” (Mk 10) May we listening the same voice saying to us Go be in peace! Your faith, your prayers saved you and helped to senate and heal my church.
Brothers and sisters, I exhort you all to put your hope and your joy in Jesus the Only High and Eternal Priest who offered himself for us once for all. In him our faith is built. He is the rock in which his church is founded. Jesus is the rock of our faith, He is the one who gives us courage and strength to continue to proclaim to the world that Jesus is the messiah. Jesus is our light and in his light we want to see light and walk under it. I ask you as diocesan and parochial family to pray, for the Church, for the Pope, for our Apostolic Administrator, that in the name of our Holy Father Pope Francis is governing our Diocese. Let us ask the Holy Spirit in prayer that he provides for us a new pastor according to the Sacred Heart of Jesus the Good Shepherd. To whom he may be let us now assure him our prayers, love and obedience. “Master May I See … Go in Peace your faith save you. Amen.