Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

November 18, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul

Memorial Feast:  Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852) Patron of “Perseverance amid adversity”

First Book of Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63

Psalm 119

Luke 18:35-43

As Luke presents to us the scene of today’s Gospel, we can easily recognize three characters on the stage; two are individual actors – Jesus and the blind man – and one “group” actor – the people walking in front.  Let’s look at them separately.

The blind man has clearly accepted his own issues.  He is beyond denial, if indeed he ever was in denial, and that fact frees him to ask for help from a healer he must have heard about from others.  He also had a clear desire in his heart; he wanted to be able to see.  So when those with Jesus try to silence him, he will have none of it, instead, he shouts all the louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”  More importantly he had trust both in Jesus’ power to heal him and in His compassionate heart.  We can all learn from his threefold attitude; honesty about his need, a clear desire to be healed and His trust in our Lord.

Next are the “group” actors.  Their behavior should give us pause for some sobering reflection.  They act out to perfection the “Me” and Jesus syndrome: “Don’t bother me, can’t you see that I am busy following Jesus?”   However, as soon as Jesus tells them to bring the blind man to Him they make a 180 degree turn.  They may have yelled, “Courage, get up, He is calling you.”  But their initial reaction can be a red flag and an invitation for us to examine our own attitudes in following Jesus.

As usual, of course, the third actor is the bright spot in the encounter.  Jesus does not dwell in scolding the selfish reaction of His followers or lecturing them about it, he simply shows them how it is done right.  The act of calling the blind man is much more effective than a lecture.  But He also asks the blind man to name his need and desire before he heals him.  Our own prayer of petition is not intended as a vehicle to inform God about our needs and desires which are already known to Him, but as an occasion for us to own both our deepest need/desire and our gratitude to recognize God’s gifts to us as we meet that deepest need and our ability to implement that deepest desire. 

Question of the Day:  Will you recognize that the love of Jesus is to be shared by all who encounter Him?

Prayer:  My God and my All, I wish to belong to You in body and soul.  Let me serve You always with total fidelity, so that my actions may find favor in Your sight.  (From Minute Mediations for Each Day by Rev. Bede Naegele, O.C.D.)

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