How clearly are you seeing?

Posted by Fr. Tere on 10/25/2015

10/25/2015    Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Another approach to Jesus’ gift to us: salvation = healing = vision. When we become one of Jesus’ own, we are forgiven, saved, healed, and our vision is made clear (or as clear as it can be while seeing through a glass darkly, as Paul puts it), as our hearing is changed forever.

The blind beggar, Bartimaeus, yells out to Jesus as he goes by in the midst of a great crowd. He makes a nuisance of himself, so that Jesus can hear him over the clamor. He didn’t start yelling on his own – I guarantee that! He yelled because he was prompted by the Holy Spirit, who convicted him of his sins and made him aware that he could be forgiven, saved, healed, and receive his vision, all at the same time, from the same man/God, Jesus Christ. In the bit from Job today, he says, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job finally realizes his smugness, his assumption that what he has he has earned. He realizes he had heard about the great high God: the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and Jacob, but he had “heard about” him, he had not allowed himself to “hear from” him. And God leads him to a salvation-moment when he can now “see,” not “hear about,” God. It changes Job’s perspective and he, along with Bartimaeus, can now see.

These stories are about our own salvation journeys. We, along with Job, had “heard about” God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but we had not taken the time to “hear from” or “see” God, so we weren’t able to accept the great and awesome gift of salvation he had already prepared for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. At some point, we were urged by the Holy Spirit, convicted of our sin and sinfulness, and made aware that we could not do this journey on our own, nor under our own power and hard work. The Spirit made us aware that there was only one Truth (Jesus Christ), one Way (Jesus Christ), and one Life (Jesus Christ), and he prepared us to receive his love, mercy, grace, healing, forgiveness, salvation, and new sight. Once we realized whose we were and asked him to be our Savior, our sight was restored so we could see the Truth around us, the Way to eternal life, and the Life that he wanted us to live.

How clearly are you seeing?

Have you allowed him to heal every part of your blindness so we, too, can receive our sight and follow him on the Way.                                                              Fr. Tere

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