30th Sunday In Ordinary Time
Jesus healed the blind Bartimaeus because of his faith. He believed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of David of whom Prophet Jeremiah had prophesied as we hear in today’s 1st reading. The Messiah would restore the people of Israel from their physical as well as spiritual blindness.
It is said that “there is no one so blind as the one who refuses to see.” On many occasions in the Gospels, Jesus mentioned about those who have eye-sight but refused to see, including some of the Pharisees. Jesus came to heal not only those who are physically blind but also those who are spiritually blind. Lack of faith in God leads one to spiritual blindness. There is so much spiritual blindness in our society today due to the refusal to acknowledge the presence of the Divine. Helen Keller said, “The most beautiful things in the world can’t be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart!” Though physically blind, Helen Keller had an amazing inner-sight!
The greatest gift we can offer to the future generation is the gift of faith that enables them to see the Divine light within them and in the universe. Let us be courageous in sharing our faith in our own families and with all those we encounter in our daily lives.
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS