Dear Sisters and Brothers,
“Courage! Get up…He is calling you.” These words in the Gospel of Mark are addressed to the Blind Man who is described as the son of Timaeus. In preparing to share a message the following words forcibly struck me. “There’s none as blind as he/she who would no see.” That idiom refers to people who could but refuse to see what should be seen. But here was a blind man who evidently lost his sight and would let nothing or no one hinder him from trying to regain it. On hearing a crowd passing by he inquired what was happening. Hearing that Jesus of Nazareth was passing, he shouted and asked Jesus to have pity on him. Although people in the crowed tried to quieten him he continued shouting until Jesus told them “Call him here. The same crowd who told him to shut up now tell him “Courage! Get up…he is calling you.”
Our mission as disciples is to tell others who are blinded by the challenges, failures and tragedies of life, ‘Courage! Get up…Jesus is calling you.’ We are not to stop the blind from loudly calling for help to be able to see. Rather we are to call them to Jesus so that in and through prayer they can ask him “Master, let me see again.” That man’s faith was such that he allowed no one or nothing to stop him coming to Jesus Son of David for healing. He even threw off his only article of comfort, his cloak and ran to Jesus. As a result, he was blind and had his sight restored.
Jesus Son of David may I be able to see with the eyes of faith nod help others to call out to you. Forgive me for the times I told the blind to keep quiet when they shouted to be heard and pitied. Help me to say to those who in their blindness call for the mercy of Jesus, “Courage! Get up…he is calling you.”
Fr. Clement Paul.