Now as he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God. (Luke 18:35-43)
This cry of Bartimaeus is one of the most beautiful and frequent Christian aspirations “Lord, I want to see.” It’s a beautiful response to Jesus’ perennial question to us in prayer, “What do you want me to do for you?”
For Bartimaeus, his faith went beyond being gifted with the eyes of faith. After his faith was restored, he went on to follow Jesus as one of his disciples.
What does it take for us to have that faith? What does it take for us to see Jesus around his?
It starts with the simplest of truths. To believe that he is present in our life.
Where do we look to see him?
When you see your children laughing and playing, do not only see their enthusiasm and joy. See also the mystery of their life which is a gift that God has given them and entrusted to you.
When you gather with close friends and spend an evening together, do not fail to see how the presence of those friends in your life is a result of God’s love—a love that brought you together and allows your relationship to be life-giving.
As you face the news of the world, look amid the violence and the injustice for those moments of harmony, service, and cooperation. See in those good events the action of God’s Spirit working to bring peace and justice to the world.
As you drive or walk on a beautiful day do not simply see the greenness of the trees, the billowing clouds, and the vibrant colors of the flowers. See in all the intricacy and life that surrounds you a sign of a God who created all things and continues to guide them.
We are surrounded by people, events, and nature. But what do we see? Can we discern the invisible presence of God’s Spirit which animates and directs all of them?
If we can see God’s spirit that visibly them something else happens. Our faith is strengthened because we are experiencing his presence. If our faith is strengthened on an ongoing basis, then our eyes are opened to recognize that the one truth, in this time of disinformation is Jesus Christ;
When Jesus Christ becomes the eyes of our faith, we recognize that the anger of so many is not part of his world. We seek to not only move away from those things that are not of his world but to form bridges which allow us to invite others to see him;
When Jesus Christ becomes the eyes of our faith, we see others as brothers and sisters created by him. We find that discrimination against others is simply not possible in his world;
When Jesus Christ becomes the eyes of our faith, we recognize that each of us has as a mission, to bring others to him through the simple actions of our life and the words we speak to all;
When Jesus becomes the eyes of our faith, we cease looking to others to be our leader, to be our hero, to supplant him.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. Do we see that? Do we reflect that to others in the ever day back and forth of our lives? Do we end the day with a smile because we know that we lived that day as he wished?
If we do then know we are blessed. We are blessed because we live in him. We have had our sight restored as he gave it to us at birth. We truly follow him as one of his disciples. Now that is a blessing.
Prayer of The Day
“Lord Jesus, open the eyes of my heart and mind that I may see and understand the truth and goodness of your word. May I never fail to recognize your presence with me and to call upon your saving grace in my time of need and healing.”
Jesus won’t allow us to see everything, because then we wouldn’t have the grace to live by faith, entrusting ourselves to things unseen, but he does want us to see things more and more in his light and more and more deeply. Today we ask him with Bartimaeus to give us the grace of real vision.