And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has healed you”. And immediately he received his sight and follow Jesus on the way, Mark 10:52
Bartimaeus was a blind person but he knew that he had the opportunity to see when he encountered Jesus. Originally he was not encouraged by others, but because of persistence, Jesus heard him and healed him.
This story can tell us many things about how we can live in the world today!
There are so many things going on in our world that we can easily be blinded by the confusion that is ever present. There are so many questions that we have to deal with. There is the on going Pandemic! There is hate that seems more present than love! And we have our usual struggles.
Lord Jesus we need to see!
People, places and things may keep us from Jesus. They may keep us from doing “the next right thing!”
Be like Bartimaeus, be persistent!
Jesus will open our eyes to see through the confusion. Also like Bartimaeus, we want to stay sighted, “going our way must be going Jesus’ Way”!
“You know that those who are suppose to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them… But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant…” Mark 10:42-43
Jesus used the desire for greatness in the His Disciples, especially the desire of James and John to sit at His right and left in His Kingdom, to give the command of servant leadership. Jesus is quite clear, it shall not be so among you! The way of the Gentiles, that is the way of the World, must not be our way of treating one another.
We can look around our world and see that this command is often not followed. We must remember Jesus is speaking to each of us individually.
Jesus expects each one of us to respond to Him directly!
The way we treat each other is all we have the power to do. Our example can create the Divine Kingdom now! The command of Jesus is for each one of us, and we must follow it, each one of us and change the World!
Jesus looked upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in Heaven; and come follow me.” Mark 10:21
The “Rich Young Man” could not give his life away, at that time, to follow Jesus. We do not know the end of the story of this person’s life. It open ended.
This story can be about us. Do we have things in our lives that keep us from following Jesus? We may not be able to let these things go. These possessions are important to us. We may not want to let go of our attachments. But regardless of whatever these things things or concerns are, remember:
Jesus looks upon us and loves us!
The Divine Love is unconditional!
Jesus will never give up on us!
If we are not faithful, Jesus is always faithful!
Remember, in the story of the “Rich Young Man”, he walk away, Jesus remains. Jesus always remains! Maybe the young man return to Jesus because nothing is more important than Him!
And He took them in His arms a blessed them, laying His hands upon them. Mark 10:16
Jesus loves the little children, all children and all that come to Him like children and He blesses them!
Yes, in reality Jesus love everyone. However the childlike are very special because they can receive Him completely. The obstacles of the world do not interfere. The childlike are real, they are humble and because of these things they can receive Jesus in a complete way. They can be transformed!
Receive the blessings of Jesus!
It is hard to surrender all of the things we carry emotionally and mentally and receive Jesus’ blessings, but it is the way to peace.
Let us today present ourselves to Jesus!
Let us allow Jesus to give us peace regardless of all of the challenges we bare!
Truly I tell you, anyone who gives a cup of water in My Name, because they belong to Me, will be rewarded. Mark 9:41
How can we change the World?
The key answer to this is, will we be the change?
If we live in the Almighty, and are available to the Almighty, then the Spirit of the Almighty can change us and through us, we are changing things.
We change the lives of others!
Jesus uses in His teaching about charity the giving a cup of water. Charity needs not be a grand action of giving tremendous things, rather it is creating in ourselves, through Divine Grace, a mindset of kindness.
In all things, be charitable!
Living charity changes us! If we give from our hearts not expecting anything in return, we allow this Grace of Peace to be born and remain in our lives.
If we want to be first, we must be last and the servants of all. Mark 9:35
Jesus challenged His Disciples to change their thinking about how authority over people was to be practiced. Jesus lived this form of servant leadership, yet the Disciples could not receive it and continued to hold on to the worldly approach to leadership. This is quite normal. We must remember that Jesus died on the Cross, the ultimate example of servant leadership!
Jesus calls us to a Divine Way of life!
Jesus realized that His message was too difficult for some people. But the message is true nevertheless.
If the followers of Jesus, in His days on Earth, or us today, see ourselves as servants, as willing to help all people regardless of what they can do for us, then we can change our world.
Jesus is still the answer!
The more we can become Jesus, the more we can bring the Divine Presence here and now; the more we can bring Heaven among us!
This is a very important question to answer for ourselves. If we are honest, it will determine how we live now and approach tomorrow.
How did St. Peter’s answer change the trajectory of his life?
We know that Peter led the Church in it’s infancy. We know that he would die as a result of his answer to the question of who is Jesus. We also know that Peter was far from being perfect. He ran away after Jesus was arrested on Good Friday. But he kept coming back!
Being a saint does not mean being perfect, rather it means keep coming back to Jesus!
Peter knew that his only hope was being with Jesus. He said this with his mouth, but more importantly, he lived Jesus!
Saints are role models for us!
It is probably the case that we will not have to die physically for Jesus, but we will have little deaths: death to hate, death to pride, death to greed and whatever is contrary to Jesus!
“He does everything well; He even makes the blind see and the mute speak.” Mark 7:37
Jesus is amazing! He will make a difference in our lives, if we turn to Him and Trust Him!
We may not be able to see what is important around us or we may not be able to hear what is really going on around us. Jesus will help us with sight and hearing because nothing passes His understanding!
Jesus, help me to see! Jesus, help me to hear! So that I may serve You!
Today is the Feast of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She is a wonderful example of what can happen if we have eyes and ears like Jesus. Mother Teresa stayed in prayer and she could see and hear those in need.
We too can be Love like St. Teresa! We too, in out renewed vision and hearing, can make a positive difference in our world!
People honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Mark 7:7
This quote is very challenging for the faithful person. However, it is helpful to read this quote, which Jesus took from the Prophet Isaiah. Jesus was speaking to the religious leadership of His day but we are the religious leaders of today and we must take Jesus seriously!
Each one of us is called to live lives that bring people to the Lord!
How are our hearts? Do they mirror the Heart of Jesus or are they hearts of the world?
It is a wonderful custom to examine our day before we go to bed. An important question we could asks ourselves is: where was our hearts today? Did our action show that our hearts belong and follow Jesus? The more we are honest with ourselves, the more Christlike we can become.