Cycle B

Good News B48

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Mark 10:46-52 New American Bible

Mark 10:46-52 Bible Gateway New International Version


The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."

          Have you ever gone through an hour without being able to see?  Have someone you trust blindfold you and have you to wash the dishes, feed the dog, or figure out what’s happening on a television show. It is amazing how all your other senses become stronger to make up for the loss of sight.  You will be able to hear better.  You will be able to tell what things are by their touch.  You will be able to identify things by their smells.  It is important that we appreciate the gifts God has given us.  Sometimes something happens to take these gifts away. 

My Aunt Sophie baked the best biscuits.  Then when she got in her 90’s, she was almost blind.  She could see just the outlines of a change in color.  She could tell it was a person, but not who it was.  When I went to see her the year before she died.  She said, “Joan, if you help me, I believe I can make some biscuits.   So I measured and she mixed them with her hands.  They were just as delicious as they had ever been.  When she cleaned the counter, she got it cleaner than I did with a cloth.  Why?  She used her hands to feel the counter to tell if it was clean or not.

My point is this.  Thank God for all the good things you have. 

Now it’s possible that you can see with your eyes, but not understand.  When it comes to getting along with your older brother or sister, sometimes you may not see their point of view.  You may not understand what it is they would like for you to do or not to do.  In this case you may still be the one saying, “Lord, help me see.  It could be that you don’t understand the Math problems at school.  You may be saying, “Lord, help me see.”

Sometimes you may be with people who tempt you to join them in doing evil deeds.  You need to be able to see God’s path clearly.  So we may ask, “Lord, help me see.  Show me a clear path.”

Pray the “Our Father” and ask God to help you see with your eyes and understand with your mind.  You will be able to see and understand, just like Bartimaeus because your faith has saved you.  


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.



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