27th May 2021.
The Memorial of St Augustine of Canterbury. (Optional)
JESUS, OPEN OUR EYES THAT WE MAY SEE!
Dear brothers and sisters, today we are reminded of the most wonderful works of God in our midst, that exist all around us. Sirach speaks of the glory of God manifested in the beauty and marvels of his creation. Everything in God’s creation was ordained by him, nothing can escape or hid from him. Creation is the expression of God's very being, reflecting his truth, his goodness, and beauty. There is nothing that can be hidden from God's knowledge.
The fruits of his wisdom can be seen everywhere and he remains unchanging from all eternity. Many among us have not realised just how much God has done for us and how wonderful he is. We need to open our eyes and our hearts to recognise God’s love for us.
That is why, in the Gospel reading today we hear about the Lord restoring the sight of the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, who begged Him. The blind beggar knew what he wanted from Jesus, this made him make the action of crying and shouting to Jesus in order to be heard. Despite the ridicule and the efforts of the crowd to silence him, Bartimaeus didn't give up. We should make the same efforts of coming to Jesus with our needs without losing hope. By his great faith in the Lord, Bartimaeus sight was restored.
Like Bartimaeus, we need to seek help from Jesus through faith. We also need God's mercy in our lives. We need to cry and shout out our problems to him. We need to sit beside the road where Jesus passes in order to get blessings from him who is the way, the truth, and life. Like the blind beggar, we need not listen to people who ridicule us. We need not give up even when things don't go our way. Like Bartimaeus, we need to know exactly what we want from Jesus without getting distracted.
Though Bartimaeus suffered physical blindness, he was not spiritually blind, unlike the multitude that followed Jesus. Sin makes us blind, but Jesus restores our sight through the forgiveness of sin. Which blindness do you want Jesus to heal you from? Is it anger, unfaithfulness, selfishness, cheating, stealing, gossips, corruption, sickness etc
Jesus has the power to restore sight to us. We only need to approach him with courage without listening to those who may wish to silence us in a bad way. Like the blind beggar, God recognises the faith we have, hence we also need to have faith and trust in him as well.
Today we are all called as Christians to have strong faith in the Lord. To devote ourselves, our efforts and attention, our time and energy to serving the Lord. We are also called to walk on His path and to remain true to Him, even when we may encounter trials and challenges, ridicule and sufferings along the way. Just as Bartimaeus was insistent despite being ridiculed and opposed by all those who were around him, we also have to be insistent and committed in our faith.
I wish you all a blessed day.