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Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

 

Revelations 1:1-4; 2:1-5; Luke 18:35-43

In today’s passage from Revelation, we are told, ‘blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written… ‘I know your works, your labor, and your endurance…and (you) have not grown weary.’ But further on, ‘Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first.’
For me…this somewhat confusing message addresses our everyday life. How often are we caught up with what needs to be done, deadlines to meet, and preparations for what is next? In the midst of all this coming and going, it is very easy to continue to push on ahead…not taking time out to reflect (or pray) about the ‘how’ we are doing and/or discerning what is important to address or let go.

In the Gospel, the blind man has decided what is important…and continues to shout, ‘Son of David, have pity on me’, even though the crowd tries to silence him. As Jesus responds to the man’s plea, “Jesus, please let me see”, the blind man does receive sight, and gives glory to God.

This is a familiar story…and one of the many times that Jesus responds to the needs of the people around him.

But instead of focusing on Jesus’ response, today I am drawn to the blind man’s persistence and response. The man knew that Jesus was near and had faith that Jesus could be with him, perhaps heal him. And then, the blind man could see because of his faith, he opened himself to Jesus.

Perhaps this is the message of the day. We must step back in our lives in the midst of our busy-ness…opening ourselves to God’s presence in prayer. It is then that we can be renewed in our passion, in our call to be God’s presence to one another with the gifts and talents that God has given us.

By Cathy Weiss Pedersen

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