Gospel Reflection

XXX SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (OCTOBER 24)

Jer 31:7-9 Ps 126:1-6 Heb 5:1-6 Mk 10:46-52

There are many persons who want to see miracles in order to have faith. This is the Pharisaic attitude that rejects the actual grace that God gives to all to believe by means of preaching, by example, by the dictates of conscience, through the events of life. There we have the blind Bartimaeus, who was cured, not in order to have faith, but because he had faith in Christ. It is not, therefore, necessary to wait for the miracle of having faith. For this, Jesus calls “blessed” those who believe without having seen (Jn 20:29). When Christ gave sight to the blind man, Christ gave us a sign: that of supernatural vision, which is much more important than physical sight. Let us ask him, then, for the gift to pass from blindness to the light; let us ask with the faith of Bartimaeus: “Teacher, that I may see”; that is, to see his will over us, to see the excellence of the supernatural life that he is willing to give to us, because he has promised to give us whatever we ask without charge. For sure, no one can bestow on himself any supernatural honor, whether it be the gift of being a Christian, a Catholic, a priest, a religious, because we have received everything free: Even Christ did not glorify himself with any office. This teaches us to be humble, to acknowledge our poverty, and, above all, to ask for that which we truly need. If everything is this way, it is because Christ has shown the way of supernatural things and tells us how we can obtain them. And one of the most important truths that he has revealed is the fact that we have a heavenly Father in common, that he is our First-Born Brother, that he promises and gives to us his Holy Spirit to grant us eternal life, to teach us the whole truth, to make us truly free, to give us peace, joy, and love as the world cannot give. Bartimaeus had the need to see. Who, regardless of how holy he or she may be, does not have the need to see? Are we willing, on our part, to put that act of faith that Christ demands in order to make the miracle happen?

 

XXX DOMINGO DEL TIEMPO ORDINARIO (OCTUBRE 24)

Jer 31: 7-9 Sal 126: 1-6 Heb 5: 1-6 Mc 10: 46-52

Hay muchas personas que quieren ver milagros para tener fe. Esta es la actitud farisaica que rechaza la gracia actual que Dios da a todos para creer mediante la predicación, con el ejemplo, con los dictados de la conciencia, a través de los acontecimientos de la vida. Ahí tenemos al ciego Bartimeo, que fue curado, no para tener fe, sino porque tenía fe en Cristo. Por tanto, no es necesario esperar el milagro de tener fe. Por eso, Jesús llama “bienaventurados” a los que creen sin haber visto (Jn 20,29). Cuando Cristo le dio la vista al ciego, Cristo nos dio una señal: la de la visión sobrenatural, que es mucho más importante que la vista física. Pidámosle, entonces, que el don de pasar de la ceguera a la luz; pidamos con la fe de Bartimeo: “Maestro, para que vea”; es decir, ver su voluntad sobre nosotros, ver la excelencia de la vida sobrenatural que está dispuesto a darnos, porque ha prometido darnos todo lo que le pidamos sin cargo. Ciertamente, nadie puede otorgarse ningún honor sobrenatural, ya sea el don de ser cristiano, católico, sacerdote, religioso, porque lo hemos recibido todo gratis: ni siquiera Cristo se glorificó a sí mismo con ningún oficio. Esto nos enseña a ser humildes, a reconocer nuestra pobreza y, sobre todo, a pedir lo que realmente necesitamos. Si todo es así es porque Cristo ha mostrado el camino de las cosas sobrenaturales y nos dice cómo podemos obtenerlas. Y una de las verdades más importantes que nos ha revelado es el hecho de que tenemos un Padre celestial en común, que es nuestro Hermano Primogénito, que nos promete y nos da su Espíritu Santo para concedernos la vida eterna, para enseñar. nosotros toda la verdad, para hacernos verdaderamente libres, para darnos la paz, la alegría y el amor que el mundo no puede dar. Bartimeo tenía la necesidad de ver. ¿Quién, por santo que sea, no tiene necesidad de ver? ¿Estamos dispuestos, por nuestra parte, a poner ese acto de fe que Cristo exige para que suceda el milagro?

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