Monday of 33rd Week of Ordinary C

Lord, Please Let Me See

“Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” reported in today’s Gospel a cry of a blind man called out to Jesus for mercy, while the crowd rebuked him and asked him to be quiet. He shouted out more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” After Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus responded, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. A beautiful moment of conversion from the start of asking who he was, the blind man regained his sight and followed Jesus because of his great faith and trust in the Lord.

Have you and I ever wanted to know who Jesus is? Through learning and understanding a little about him, have you and I ever acknowledged the need for him in our lives? Or we only need what we need and not him? If we need what we need and he would not provide us what we need, we might doubt and might not believe in him. He becomes nothing more than our provider. Even the snacks and drink in the vending machine, if we want it, we need to deposit some money in order to receive something we want. What would we deposit to the Lord Jesus in order for him to provide what we need or what we ask for? The blind man deposited his faith and his trust in the Lord Jesus that he could heal him from his blindness, and Jesus healed him and gave him back his sight. How would we have that kind of faith and trust just as that blind man?

The master once asked his disciples, “How would we tell the moment of the night is gone to give rise to the new day?” There are many different answers: One said that it is the moment when we can tell the difference between the car and the van. Other said that it is the moment when we tell from a distance the difference between a dog and a cat. Finally, someone responded saying that it is when we see everyone as our brother and sister including the stranger. Perhaps, to have that faith and trust just as that blind man, we are invited to love one another including the stranger. The decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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