In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.--St. Thomas Aquinas
Gospel Text: (MK 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.
Because of sin, we are in some way all spiritually blind. By grace, we may begin "to call out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have pity on' " us! (Mk 10:47) When we think about doing this many things inside of ourselves pressure us to be quiet (see Mk 10:48). Questions arise in our mind like: What if Jesus will have mercy on me? What if He opens my eyes?
God's grace, however, prompts us to shout "all the louder, 'Son of David, have pity on' " us! (Mk 10:48)
Do you have the love and faith to be healed of spiritual blindness?
Do you have the guts to see?