Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 25 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
How often these days, we run into people who are discouraged at losing their jobs, or worried about their children who are out of work and low on cash. Others of our friends or neighbors are just gloomy and pessimistic about the confusion in our country as to what direction to go with reform of our health care. How can we bring about peace and security? How can we act responsibly toward our natural resources and the environment? We are confused. As to issues of morality in our society, forget it! Our standards as to what are right and wrong seem to crumble more each day! And so, in frustration we cry, "Enough, Lord!"
Today's readings will give us a much-needed boost. In the first reading, the prophet Jeremiah assures the Israelites that the day is coming when God will bring them out of slavery in Babylon back to Jerusalem. He will bring all of them back—the blind, the lame, mothers and babies, the broken and the battered—all who are repentant of their infidelities. God has promised, and He will do it.
The Gospel shows us that the fullness of that promise will come through Jesus Christ. The scene is the final healing that Jesus performed before returning to His passion and death in Jerusalem. A blind man named Bartimaeus called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me." Bartimaeus hardly expected a response from the One whom he acknowledged as the messiah, Who asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" Bartimaeus responded, "Master, I want to see." And Jesus gave to Bartimaeus the gift he asked for!
As Jesus healed this blind man because he wanted so desperately to see, He will heal all of us who long to be cured of our spiritual blindness, our hopelessness, and our sinfulness, if only we have faith and trust to battle an indifferent world and cry more loudly to our Savior for our personal and public needs.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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