Homily: The Blind Can See

B149OT30_2_cf03_4cJeremiah 31:7-8; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10: 46–52

           Gospel Summary

   The curing of a blind man in today’s gospel passage is remarkable for several reasons. First of all, it is quite unusual in the gospels to give a name to the person healed, and this suggests that Bartimaeus was a recognizable member of the early Christian community from which Mark’s gospel came.

         Life Implications

   All of the miracles of Jesus have symbolic as well as historical significance. They certainly have an historical basis and certainly did establish the credibility of Jesus for those who were open-minded. At the same time, they represent the healing through Jesus of various spiritual maladies.

   Christians of all ages are in danger of spiritual blindness because they do not “see” that human life is primarily for loving concern and not for acquiring power or for building monuments. Jesus also cured paralytics, whose muscles were non-functional, just as he is prepared to heal the far more dangerous spiritual paralysis of cynicism and negativity. In a similar way, Jesus is prepared to “drive out the demons” in our lives by helping us to experience the presence of God and thus to be delivered from the chaos of a life of confusion and disorientation.

   Of course, there are many who are too “practical” to allow for this kind of divine influence in their lives. They are represented by the crowd in today’s gospel who “rebuked” the blind man, telling him to be silent. We note with wonder that they nonetheless respond to Jesus’ command to “call him” by saying to Bartimaeus, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” We would all be much happier people if we also could bring ourselves, in faith, to offer this same encouragement to the people in need whom we meet every day.

                       *Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B.*

1 Comment

  1. Susan Lithgow

    Fri 23rd Oct 2015 at 9:22 am

    I really like how you parallel actual physical healings with metaphorical healings in your homily.

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