May 30, Thursday Weekday
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made. — Psalm 33:6
Mass Readings: Sirach 42:15-25/Mark 10:46-52
A blind person asked a wise man, “Can there be anything worse than losing eyesight?” The wise man replied, “Yes, losing your vision!” Bartimaeus, the focus of today’s Gospel, faced great hardships — he was blind, and probably because of his blindness, couldn’t obtain gainful employment and was thus reduced to begging. Yet, despite his handicaps, Bartimaeus wasn’t without hope because he hadn’t lost his spiritual sight. This blind beggar recognized what the sighted, learned Pharisees refused to recognize and that which even Jesus’ own disciples sometimes struggled to hold on to: that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the promised “Son of David” the Jews had been waiting for over the centuries.
Despite lack of sight, Bartimaeus had not lost his vision. He walked by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7).
Prayer: All-seeing God, reveal those blind spots that keep me from a closer walk with You.
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