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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reflection for May 26, Thursday Saint Philip Neri, Priest; Mark 10:46-52

Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
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A middle-aged wife was left by her husband for a younger woman. The wife dearly loved her husband so instead of easily giving-up on him she prayed persistently to Jesus to enlighten her wayward husband. For almost five years this was her morning and evening prayer to Jesus: “Please Jesus have pity on me I love my husband dearly enlighten him, bring him back home to me.”

One day she heard somebody softly knocking on the door, she opened it, lo and behold her remorseful husband was in front of her asking for a second chance and forgiveness. This story is a beautiful story of persistence in prayer and a story of not giving up.

We have in the gospel a blind man named Bartimaeus, because of his blindness there was no way for him to go to Jesus to ask for His healing touch. Therefore, upon hearing that Jesus was passing by he prayerfully shouted, “Jesus, son of David have pity on me.”

 He was told to keep quite by those around him but he never obeyed them he instead prayerfully shouted once again: “Son of David have pity on me.” His persistence immediately bore fruit because Jesus called him and after a short conversation with Jesus the blind man was able to regain his sight and he became His follower.

What if Bartimaeus easily gave-up? He could not have been healed and he could not have become a follower of Jesus. Just imagine also if the wife in our story easily gave up on her husband? If she did not pray to Jesus to enlighten and bring back home her wayward husband? They could have separated permanently, but she prayed and she never gave-up. Our prayers can move mountains so long as we never give-up.

How about you do you easily give up when you want something from Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed, do not lose hope, for God has a right time for everything. Just have faith, because faith can move mountains and can save a soul. Amen. :)