Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
23 Oct 2021

The story of Bartimaeus is a relatively familiar one to us. We read that “as Jesus, his disciples, and a large crowd were leaving Jericho,” they came across Bartimaeus “sitting by the roadside,” unable to participate in what was going on around him, unable to enter into the fullness of what life offered because he was blind. He calls out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus restores his sight, and “he followed Jesus on the way.” We sometimes hear of someone having their sight restored, as a result of the God-given miracle of modern medicine. The blindness of Bartimaeus, though, is more than that, something deeper that affects all of us to some extent: an ability to “see”—ourselves, others, God, life, the world around us—as it really is. We all suffer to a greater or lesser degree from “spiritual” blindness. That lack of vision keeps us, as it did Bartimaeus, on the sidelines of life rather than engaging in it in a full way—receiving what we need to receive, giving what we have to give. Individually, as families, as a Church, as a society, as a world may our blindness be healed. Then we will live more and more fully, following the Lord on the way.