Learn more about St. Philip Neri: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=97
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052616.cfm
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Do you have the courage to ask God to help you see? It takes courage to give Our Lord that kind of permission. We are blind to our faults and failings, our sin and the sin in the world. It is easier to “not see” and be comfortable than to see and do something to correct the wrongs of the world. We cannot correct them all, but we can correct those that occur in our own little world. Do you see them?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of sight. Sometimes it is hard, but seeing with your eyes shows me a whole different world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.