Weekend Reflections for 10/23/15
The Yelling Man
"Bartimaeus, a blind man, began to cry out and say, 'Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.' ... 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.'" (Mk 10:47, 51)
When Jesus walked this earth, the Jewish religious authorities believed and taught that anyone suffering from a physical or mental disability were already judged and condemned by God. They were driven from the community and forced to live outside the towns in the cemeteries and garbage dumps. Jesus taught and demonstrated through his miraculous cures that in fact such drastically needy persons were favored by God because they had no one else on whom to call and depend.
Jesus invites Bartimaeus into relationship and asks what it is he wants. Jesus knows; anyone could see that this poor beggar was blind. He wants him to reveal himself, to name and own his reality. In the Spiritual Exercises Ignatius instructs us to be very specific in our prayer, to tell the Lord what grace we feel we need, to reveal ourselves and own our reality as we know it. Jesus gives Bartimaeus his sight and the first thing he ever sees is the face of Jesus. Let us ask the Lord to remove our particular forms of blindness so that we, too, might see the face of Jesus more clearly, especially in those most needy in our lives.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
ADVENT DAYS OF PRAYER
We have limited space remaining on our Advent Days of Prayer scheduled for December 14 & 15. Each day begins at 9:00am and includes 3 talks, lunch, Mass and the opportunity for Reconciliation. Fr. Joe Laramie, S.J. will lead both days. The cost to attend is $25 per person. To register by phone, call 314-416-6400 or you can mail a check along with a note indicating the date and names of those attending to:
White House Retreat
7400 Christopher Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63129