They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
I close my eyes and imagine a world as I wish it to be, picturing a cloudless blue sky, sun dancing on the lake water. How beautiful, in my mind’s eye!
I lie down to sleep, closing my eyes, wanting to write my own dream. Will I open my eyes to a dreary cold morning and see a world with a homeless blind person sitting on a curb, someone who wishes to see what most people see? Will I walk away, because I don’t know this stranger?
Or, will I awake to a new day and walk toward this person as you would, Lord, so that I, too, may see, that I may look deeper into the heart of this person.
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God!” Help me to find you, God, in all people, in every circumstance, in all things.
—Kathleen Smolinski has spent her entire working life with the Jesuits, currently as an assistant in the Chicago-Detroit provincial’s office. She is the proud mother of three, grandmother of sixteen, and great-grandma of two.
The Risen Christ is with us this day
And he continues to need each one of you.
Jesus needs your eyes to continue to see.
He needs your strength to continue to work.
He needs your voice to continue to preach.
He needs your hands to continue to bless.
He needs your heart to continue to love.
And Jesus needs your whole being
to continue to build up his body, the Church.
As we believe, so let us live!
—Cardinal Joseph Bernardin