Monday, November 17, 2014
When political correctness is shoved down your throat, you're going to avoid a subject completely
"The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." – Adolf Hitler -1939
Gospel Text: (LK 18:35-43)
As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
Today, the blind beggar Bartimaeus (cf. Mk 10:46) gives us a lesson about faith, expressed with total simplicity in front of Christ. It would be good for us to repeat, every now and then, Bartimaeus' prayer: «Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!» (Lk 18:37). It is so profitable for our soul to feel destitute sometimes and very seldom are we willing to admit it. Consequently, we make fools of ourselves.
It is for that reason St. Paul in one of his letters to the Corinthians reproaches us, when he says: «For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn't receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?» (1Cor 4:7).
Bartimaeus is not ashamed of feeling like that. Quite often, our society, the culture of the “politically correct”, will try to shut us up: with Bartimaeus they were not able to. He did not shrink back. Despite «people (…) scolded him, ‘Be quiet!’ he cried out all the more, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’» (Lk 18:39).
What a wonderful thing! I feel like saying: — thank you, Bartimaeus, for this example.
Posted by Joe Reciniello at 5:53 AM