YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE GOD OF PROVIDENCE
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Mk. 10:46-52) Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, Jesus healed a blind man Bartimaeus. Jesus asked him what he wanted. Jesus granted his request to see again because of his faith. Faith must be present as a response so that God’s grace can work in us. The interesting part of the healing was Bartimaeus’ decision to follow Jesus. This was quite new. Not everyone who had been healed followed the Lord. Bartimaeus set an example of how we must move further after receiving God’s grace.
How about us? What is our track record with regards to how we had acted after receiving graces from God? What did you do the last time your prayer was granted? Did it make your faith stronger and deeper? Did you become a better Christian? “Utang na loob” is a very good Filipino trait when used properly. When we owe somebody something, we take it seriously that we try to find ways to return the favour or at least be good to the one we owe. Much more with God. God had been generous to us. God had responded to our prayers so many times. It is unfortunate that at times, “wala tayong utang na loob.” It is not that God wanted it but it is for us to remain humble and faithful to Him. Receiving graces should lead us to the giver of the grace.
Yes, we must aim not only for the providence of God but the God of providence. We should not only be contented with the egg but the goose which lay the egg. When Jesus was approached by the rich young man who wanted eternal life, Jesus told Him not just to follow Him. The young man preferred more his riches and rejected Jesus’ invitation. In the process, he missed the most important One. More than riches, it is the Lord of riches whom we must have.
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