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Ely Black
A beautifully constructed sermon: intellectually elegant, theologically deep, morally simple. Thank you.
10/22/2009 9:41:47 PM
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Giovanni Secchi
Fr. Robert, it is really very helpful, how you unfold the implications in the Gospel reading. As always thank you!

Jesus is very often asked for "signs and wonders" in Holy Scripture (term e.g. in Jn 4:48). Of course, the problem comes, if the miracle is seen without its depth and signification as golden, i.e. divine threshold of faith and mercy, instead rather superficially. We can recognise the connection for instance in the episode, where the Apostle St. Peter trustfully goes on the water towards the Lord, until he looses trust and he begins to sink (Matt 14:22-33). But in the passage of the Sunday Gospel reading it is the other way around. The blind actually 'saw' before he saw. He recognised the Lord, above all because of his Faith. He cried - surely - out of his need, BUT he trustfully knew that he could be given by Jesus what only Jesus could give, and he knew what he was dealing with: divinity. As Jesus presented himself in Jn 8:12 "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." So, in some way I could say that Jesus performed the healing according to the blind's internal state of spiritual sight, which anticipated what he was graced with. In the exemplary, but exceptional reality of the miracle we see a twofold reality that is spiritual and accordingly physical. The blind regains his sight, which (physically) liberates him from his 'prison' of darkness and from his miserable existence as a totally dependant underdog, who might have been often mocked or spat upon as 'parasite' or whatsoever the insults might have been. But again the man shows the fulfilment of true 'freedom' on the path of the Lord. A perfect correspondence! Psalm 27 might have been memorised by Bartimaeus, and what he begged came true and was definitely satisfying and in this case made visible (Ps 27:7-8): "Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! 8 Thou hast said, "Seek ye my face." My heart says to thee, "Thy face, LORD, do I seek."


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BIBLE REFERENCES

Jn 12:37
"Though he had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him"

Lk 5:15-16
"[...] and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But He [[Jesus]] withdrew to the wilderness and prayed."

Jn 4:48:
"Jesus therefore said to him, 'Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.'"

Jn 12:35-36
"[...] Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.[...]"
10/26/2009 10:14:40 PM
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