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<< Thursday, May 30, 2002 >>
 
1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12
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Psalm 100 Mark 10:46-52
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JUST ANOTHER "BAR"

 
"Jesus said in reply, 'Be on your way. Your faith has healed you.' " —Mark 10:52
 

Today and many times throughout our lives, may Jesus say to each of us what He said to the blind beggar, Bartimaeus: "Your faith has healed you."

Like Bartimaeus, may we express our faith by:

  • crying out audibly and publicly for Jesus to have mercy on us (Mk 10:47),
  • crying out even louder when pressure is applied to silence us (Mk 10:48),
  • fearlessly throwing aside our "security blankets," jumping up, and coming to Jesus (Mk 10:50),
  • accepting Jesus ("Savior") as the Son of David (see Mk 10:47, 48), that is, the Messiah, and as Rabboni, that is, Teacher (Mk 10:51),
  • admitting our spiritual blindness and asking to be healed (see Mk 10:51),
  • receiving our sight (Mk 10:52), and
  • following Jesus as His disciple (Mk 10:52).

Many of us live at a time and a place of lukewarm Christianity (see Rv 3:16). Jesus is saying to us: "Little do you realize how wretched you are, how pitiable and poor, how blind and naked!" (Rv 3:17) If we would but have the faith of Bartimaeus, we would see our blind and blinding culture of death transformed into a civilization of life and love. Be another Bartimaeus.

 
Prayer: Father, give me the faith to move mountain ranges (see Mk 11:23).
Promise: "Be as eager for milk as newborn babies — pure milk of the Spirit to make you grow unto salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." —1 Pt 2:2-3
Praise: Week by week, year by year, Frances is transforming her parish by letting herself be transformed by the Spirit.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Giles H. Pater, November 15, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 16, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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