Call on the Name of Jesus

10-24-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear people of God,

Good morning to you all. I express my hearty thanks to all the members of Immaculate parish council under Debra & Roman Kujak, our PCCW ladies and other volunteers from St. Lawrence and St. Boniface, who helped for the meticulous planning and successful execution of our Fall Festival at our Immaculate Conception parish, Fountain City.

The readings of 30th Sunday invite us to place our faith and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. He opens our eyes to see the marvels that He has done for us. Our first reading is a radical articulation of hope, as the basis for liberation and survival. Hence, we find images of restoration, and renewal to the Exiled Israelites .

In Today’s gospel reading of today, we see a blind and poor Bartimaeus yearning for healing and liberation. He will not let this opportunity pass him by. So, he cried out for help: “Jesus, Son of David have pity on me!” The blind Bartimaeus represents our collective human situation that is constantly yearning for healing and liberation from weakness, sickness, poverty and sin. Our blindness might not necessarily be the physical loss of vision. However, it could be whatever that limits and prevents us from reaching, or maximizing our potentials in life.

To be free from these limitations, first, we must humbly acknowledge that they exist. Second, Bartimaeus he was cured because he believed, and humbly cried out for help. So, seeing his faith, Christ said to him: “Your faith has cured you.” There is a simple saying that: “If you are not tired of praying, God is not tired of listing to you.” The good news today is that, Christ is always ready to hear, heal and liberate us from whatever is limiting us in life. He wants us to see again. To see again, is to have a living faith in Christ. However, like the blind Bartimaeus, we must humbly call out to him: “Jesus, Son of David have pity on me Lord that I may see.”. As the psalmist tells us: “The poor man called and the Lord heard him” (Ps 36, 4).

Finally, if we sincerely call on Christ in faith, He will surely hear us: “For, whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved” (Rom 10, 13). Whatever it is that we are struggling with in this life, all Jesus asks of us is to have faith in Him. As a result, we will remain steadfast in our relationship with Christ and will have the strength to keep going. Know that the Lord has done great things for us and will continue to do so — so let our hearts be filled with joy.

Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday!

Yours in Jesus,
Fr. Doss