YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THAT I MAY SEE
BY: Fr. Gerald Musa
The Blind Man Bartimeus had been waiting for the right opportunity to approach Jesus and that explains why he was on top of his voice asking Jesus to make him see.
Bartimeus was a stubborn blind man who refused to be intimidated by the crowds. The more they shouted him down, the louder he cried to Jesus.
He ignored the crowd and focused on his deliverer. His stubbornness is demonstrated in his persistent appeal and his formidable faith. He was physically blind but he had the eyes of faith to identify and acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, Son of David. Those who have come across blind people know very well that they can be very gifted people. Remember the story of Helen Keller who was the first deaf blind person to earn a degree. She later became a lecturer and activist. She published 12 books in her lifetime. This tells us that God offers some extra gifts and graces to those who are physically challenged. Helen Keller asked a question: “What would be worse than being born blind? To have sight without vision.”
Bartimeus had the eyes to see that the appointed time for him to lament and scream for his deliverance. Jesus must have been amazed with such faith that he turned round to see who it was that was shouting after him. Jesus politely asked: “What do you want me to do for you?” And without mincing words the blind man responded: “That I may see.” He was very precise about his one most important need.
People talk about two kinds of blindness: literal blindness and figurative blindness. Literal blindness in this case refers to physical blindness in the ordinary sense of the word; figurative blindness refers to other forms of blindness such as spiritual, moral, or intellectual blindness.
Let us pray earnestly that God will open our eyes to enable us to see his hands at work in our lives; to open our eyes to see his mercy, grace, goodness; that he may open our eyes to distinguish between the things that are important from those that are not and between good and evil; to open our eyes to see the needs of other people; to open our eyes to see our blind spots; to open our eyes to see and recognise the truth; to open our eyes to see what we ought to do; to open our eyes to see light at the dark end of the tunnel.
30th Sunday of the Year B/Mark 10:46-52