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[Goanet] [JudeSundayReflections] Thirtieth Sunday of the Year
Jude Botelho
2006-10-24 04:23:40 UTC
Permalink
23-Oct-2006
=

Dear Friend,
=

Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and w=
e have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinar=
y glasses and bifocals, magnifying glasses, field glasses, telescopes and m=
icroscopes, contact lenses and lens implants. But has our seeing improved? =
Sometimes we just refuse to see! Can we see with the eyes of faith? Have an=
insightful weekend! Fr. Jude
=

Sunday Reflections: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year =96=93Lord that I might =
see!=94 29-Oct.2006
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5: 1-6; =
Mark 10: 46-52;
=

In the first reading the prophet carries a message of hope for the exiles=
in Babylon. The Lord will save what is left of his people and bring them b=
ack from exile. Even the most helpless will share in the joy of this great =
event. The people are in exile as once in Egypt. There will be a new exodus=
, as marvelous as the old. God=92s love, not human power, will again be tri=
umphant because the first to be delivered will be the feeble; the blind wil=
l receive sight from the God of Israel. The reason for this hope is given b=
y Yahweh himself: =93For I am a father to Israel and Ephraim my first-born =
son,=94
=

To See Him=85.
A man and his son went on a camping trip to the mountains. They hired an =
experienced guide, who brought them into the heart of the forest, and the b=
eauty spots in the mountains that they themselves would never have found. T=
he old guide was constantly pointing out beauty and wonders that the passer=
-by would never notice. The young lad was fascinated by the ability of the =
guide to see so much in all his surroundings. One day the lad was so impres=
sed that he exclaimed =93I=92ll bet you can even see God out here.=94 The o=
ld guide smiled and replied =93Son, as life goes on it=92s getting more and=
more difficult for me to see anything but God out here.=94 =93Lord that I =
might see=85..=94
Jack McArdle in =91And that=92s the Gospel truth=92
=

In the second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that=
the high priest of the Old Testament understood sinners, because he was a =
sinner himself. Jesus understands us better than any other because he is Lo=
ve. The high priest was called to service because he was a descendant of Aa=
ron. Jesus was called by God because he was his only son. Melchizedek, prie=
st of God prefigured Christ, called directly by the father to be priest, vi=
ctim and sacrifice.
=

Today=92s gospel is rich in symbolism and Mark uses the cure of the blind=
man Bartimaeus, not merely to reveal the power of Jesus, but also to spell=
out what true discipleship entails: the following of Jesus no matter what =
the cost. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside begging for alms when he he=
ars that Jesus is passing by. Perhaps Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and nev=
er dreamt that Jesus would be so close by. He begins to shout repeatedly th=
at beautiful and simple prayer: =93Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!=94=
The crowd scolds him and advices him to be quiet but he shouts all the mor=
e: =93Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me!=94 In his repeated plea we see =
the persistence of faith and though he was blind he could see in Jesus his =
only Saviour. Jesus notices his call and asks Bartimaeus to be brought to h=
im. Jesus always notices the prayer made in faith and is ready to listen to=
our plea. On hearing of the invitation to come to Jesus Bartimaeus leaps u=
p, throws off his cloak
and goes to Jesus. Perhaps his cloak is the only valuable possession that =
he had and he had used it to sit, sleep and beg. Now he does not need his c=
loak for Jesus is all he needs. Jesus, though he sees that he is blind, ask=
s him what he needs. =93What do you want me to do for you?=94 Bartimaeus wi=
th great faith says: =93Rabunni, Master, let me see again!=94 Jesus heals h=
im and gives him his sight. On receiving his sight Bartimaeus follows Jesus=
, going wherever he leads him. =

=

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See=85..
A young man blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got t=
o know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm =
and wit. A beautiful relationship developed between them. But then one day =
a friend told him that the girl wasn=92t very good-looking. From that momen=
t on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad. He had been =91seeing=92 he=
r very well. It was his friend who was blind. A blind person doesn=92t jud=
ge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight and insight. Is it =
possible that a blind person could =91see=92 even more than a sighted perso=
n, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding? St. Mark see=
ms to think so. In fact this seems to be the whole point of his story. Bart=
imaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his =
disciples who had perfect eyesight. Whereas he has no doubt, they are full =
of doubt and hesitation.
Flor McCarthy in =91New Sunday and Holy day Liturgies=92
=

=93A miracle is a keen discernment of faith: not only does it save, but i=
t also involves a man in the dynamism of conversion. No sooner cured than B=
artimaeus, image of the faithful community and type of the perfect disciple=
, gets ready to follow Jesus on the way. Symbol of =91those who live in the=
darkness and in the shadow of death=92 Bartimaeus thus becomes the model o=
f those who cry out, who pray to be delivered from their blindness, in orde=
r to be able to get up and walk. =91There is a deliverer for them; I will m=
ake them see=92 (Pascal). To see love coming under the sign of the cross; T=
o see the gentle hands of God gathering up so many tears and incomprehensib=
le deaths; To see the face of God rising, along with justice, over the hori=
zon of the poor; To see the resurrection already at work in so many lives t=
hat have been renewed in the Church and in the world. Will we dare, with th=
e help of the Son of David, to join the procession of believers, of pray-er=
s, of seers? Rabbuni,
let me see!=94 =96Glenstal Bible Missal
=

Transforming Vision The musical =91Les Miserables=92 is based on the epi=
c novel by Victor Hugo and dramatizes the adventures of Jean Valjean. After=
serving nineteen years in prison for stealing some bread to help his siste=
r=92s starving child, Jean is paroled. Unable to find work, Valjean steals =
from a priest, who in turn lies to save him from being sent back to prison.=
Given a second chance, Jean Valjean undergoes a moral and social transform=
ation: he takes a new name, becomes wealthy, befriends a dying prostitute, =
raises her orphan and twice risks everything he=92s gained to save others. =
-What the Lord did through the priest for Valjean is similar to what he did=
for Bartimaeus. Both Valjean and Bartimaeus were nobodies =96social outcas=
ts. But when Jesus entered their lives, they became somebodies =96 his disc=
iples. Many are the times Jesus stopped to take notice of us and to transfo=
rm us. When we were nobodies, he made us somebodies. When we were spiritual=
ly sick, he made us
whole. When we were down he lifted us up. Can we in turn stop more often t=
o ask people: =93What can I do for you? How can I be of help?=94
Albert Cylwicki in =91His Word Resounds=92
=

May our eyes be opened so that we may see and follow Jesus today!
=

Fr. Jude Botelho
www.netforlife.net
=

PS. The stories, incidents and anecdotes used in the reflections have bee=
n collected over the years from books as well as from sources over the net =
and from e-mails received. Every effort is made to acknowledge authors when=
ever possible. These reflections are also available on my web site www.netf=
orlife.net Thank you.
=


=

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Jude Botelho
2006-10-24 04:23:40 UTC
Permalink
23-Oct-2006
=

Dear Friend,
=

Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and w=
e have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinar=
y glasses and bifocals, magnifying glasses, field glasses, telescopes and m=
icroscopes, contact lenses and lens implants. But has our seeing improved? =
Sometimes we just refuse to see! Can we see with the eyes of faith? Have an=
insightful weekend! Fr. Jude
=

Sunday Reflections: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year =96=93Lord that I might =
see!=94 29-Oct.2006
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5: 1-6; =
Mark 10: 46-52;
=

In the first reading the prophet carries a message of hope for the exiles=
in Babylon. The Lord will save what is left of his people and bring them b=
ack from exile. Even the most helpless will share in the joy of this great =
event. The people are in exile as once in Egypt. There will be a new exodus=
, as marvelous as the old. God=92s love, not human power, will again be tri=
umphant because the first to be delivered will be the feeble; the blind wil=
l receive sight from the God of Israel. The reason for this hope is given b=
y Yahweh himself: =93For I am a father to Israel and Ephraim my first-born =
son,=94
=

To See Him=85.
A man and his son went on a camping trip to the mountains. They hired an =
experienced guide, who brought them into the heart of the forest, and the b=
eauty spots in the mountains that they themselves would never have found. T=
he old guide was constantly pointing out beauty and wonders that the passer=
-by would never notice. The young lad was fascinated by the ability of the =
guide to see so much in all his surroundings. One day the lad was so impres=
sed that he exclaimed =93I=92ll bet you can even see God out here.=94 The o=
ld guide smiled and replied =93Son, as life goes on it=92s getting more and=
more difficult for me to see anything but God out here.=94 =93Lord that I =
might see=85..=94
Jack McArdle in =91And that=92s the Gospel truth=92
=

In the second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that=
the high priest of the Old Testament understood sinners, because he was a =
sinner himself. Jesus understands us better than any other because he is Lo=
ve. The high priest was called to service because he was a descendant of Aa=
ron. Jesus was called by God because he was his only son. Melchizedek, prie=
st of God prefigured Christ, called directly by the father to be priest, vi=
ctim and sacrifice.
=

Today=92s gospel is rich in symbolism and Mark uses the cure of the blind=
man Bartimaeus, not merely to reveal the power of Jesus, but also to spell=
out what true discipleship entails: the following of Jesus no matter what =
the cost. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside begging for alms when he he=
ars that Jesus is passing by. Perhaps Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and nev=
er dreamt that Jesus would be so close by. He begins to shout repeatedly th=
at beautiful and simple prayer: =93Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!=94=
The crowd scolds him and advices him to be quiet but he shouts all the mor=
e: =93Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me!=94 In his repeated plea we see =
the persistence of faith and though he was blind he could see in Jesus his =
only Saviour. Jesus notices his call and asks Bartimaeus to be brought to h=
im. Jesus always notices the prayer made in faith and is ready to listen to=
our plea. On hearing of the invitation to come to Jesus Bartimaeus leaps u=
p, throws off his cloak
and goes to Jesus. Perhaps his cloak is the only valuable possession that =
he had and he had used it to sit, sleep and beg. Now he does not need his c=
loak for Jesus is all he needs. Jesus, though he sees that he is blind, ask=
s him what he needs. =93What do you want me to do for you?=94 Bartimaeus wi=
th great faith says: =93Rabunni, Master, let me see again!=94 Jesus heals h=
im and gives him his sight. On receiving his sight Bartimaeus follows Jesus=
, going wherever he leads him. =

=

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See=85..
A young man blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got t=
o know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm =
and wit. A beautiful relationship developed between them. But then one day =
a friend told him that the girl wasn=92t very good-looking. From that momen=
t on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad. He had been =91seeing=92 he=
r very well. It was his friend who was blind. A blind person doesn=92t jud=
ge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight and insight. Is it =
possible that a blind person could =91see=92 even more than a sighted perso=
n, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding? St. Mark see=
ms to think so. In fact this seems to be the whole point of his story. Bart=
imaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his =
disciples who had perfect eyesight. Whereas he has no doubt, they are full =
of doubt and hesitation.
Flor McCarthy in =91New Sunday and Holy day Liturgies=92
=

=93A miracle is a keen discernment of faith: not only does it save, but i=
t also involves a man in the dynamism of conversion. No sooner cured than B=
artimaeus, image of the faithful community and type of the perfect disciple=
, gets ready to follow Jesus on the way. Symbol of =91those who live in the=
darkness and in the shadow of death=92 Bartimaeus thus becomes the model o=
f those who cry out, who pray to be delivered from their blindness, in orde=
r to be able to get up and walk. =91There is a deliverer for them; I will m=
ake them see=92 (Pascal). To see love coming under the sign of the cross; T=
o see the gentle hands of God gathering up so many tears and incomprehensib=
le deaths; To see the face of God rising, along with justice, over the hori=
zon of the poor; To see the resurrection already at work in so many lives t=
hat have been renewed in the Church and in the world. Will we dare, with th=
e help of the Son of David, to join the procession of believers, of pray-er=
s, of seers? Rabbuni,
let me see!=94 =96Glenstal Bible Missal
=

Transforming Vision The musical =91Les Miserables=92 is based on the epi=
c novel by Victor Hugo and dramatizes the adventures of Jean Valjean. After=
serving nineteen years in prison for stealing some bread to help his siste=
r=92s starving child, Jean is paroled. Unable to find work, Valjean steals =
from a priest, who in turn lies to save him from being sent back to prison.=
Given a second chance, Jean Valjean undergoes a moral and social transform=
ation: he takes a new name, becomes wealthy, befriends a dying prostitute, =
raises her orphan and twice risks everything he=92s gained to save others. =
-What the Lord did through the priest for Valjean is similar to what he did=
for Bartimaeus. Both Valjean and Bartimaeus were nobodies =96social outcas=
ts. But when Jesus entered their lives, they became somebodies =96 his disc=
iples. Many are the times Jesus stopped to take notice of us and to transfo=
rm us. When we were nobodies, he made us somebodies. When we were spiritual=
ly sick, he made us
whole. When we were down he lifted us up. Can we in turn stop more often t=
o ask people: =93What can I do for you? How can I be of help?=94
Albert Cylwicki in =91His Word Resounds=92
=

May our eyes be opened so that we may see and follow Jesus today!
=

Fr. Jude Botelho
www.netforlife.net
=

PS. The stories, incidents and anecdotes used in the reflections have bee=
n collected over the years from books as well as from sources over the net =
and from e-mails received. Every effort is made to acknowledge authors when=
ever possible. These reflections are also available on my web site www.netf=
orlife.net Thank you.
=


=

---------------------------------
Find out what India is talking about on - Yahoo! Answers India =

Send FREE SMS to your friend's mobile from Yahoo! Messenger Version 8. Get=
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Jude Botelho
2006-10-24 04:23:40 UTC
Permalink
23-Oct-2006
=

Dear Friend,
=

Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and w=
e have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinar=
y glasses and bifocals, magnifying glasses, field glasses, telescopes and m=
icroscopes, contact lenses and lens implants. But has our seeing improved? =
Sometimes we just refuse to see! Can we see with the eyes of faith? Have an=
insightful weekend! Fr. Jude
=

Sunday Reflections: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year =96=93Lord that I might =
see!=94 29-Oct.2006
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5: 1-6; =
Mark 10: 46-52;
=

In the first reading the prophet carries a message of hope for the exiles=
in Babylon. The Lord will save what is left of his people and bring them b=
ack from exile. Even the most helpless will share in the joy of this great =
event. The people are in exile as once in Egypt. There will be a new exodus=
, as marvelous as the old. God=92s love, not human power, will again be tri=
umphant because the first to be delivered will be the feeble; the blind wil=
l receive sight from the God of Israel. The reason for this hope is given b=
y Yahweh himself: =93For I am a father to Israel and Ephraim my first-born =
son,=94
=

To See Him=85.
A man and his son went on a camping trip to the mountains. They hired an =
experienced guide, who brought them into the heart of the forest, and the b=
eauty spots in the mountains that they themselves would never have found. T=
he old guide was constantly pointing out beauty and wonders that the passer=
-by would never notice. The young lad was fascinated by the ability of the =
guide to see so much in all his surroundings. One day the lad was so impres=
sed that he exclaimed =93I=92ll bet you can even see God out here.=94 The o=
ld guide smiled and replied =93Son, as life goes on it=92s getting more and=
more difficult for me to see anything but God out here.=94 =93Lord that I =
might see=85..=94
Jack McArdle in =91And that=92s the Gospel truth=92
=

In the second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that=
the high priest of the Old Testament understood sinners, because he was a =
sinner himself. Jesus understands us better than any other because he is Lo=
ve. The high priest was called to service because he was a descendant of Aa=
ron. Jesus was called by God because he was his only son. Melchizedek, prie=
st of God prefigured Christ, called directly by the father to be priest, vi=
ctim and sacrifice.
=

Today=92s gospel is rich in symbolism and Mark uses the cure of the blind=
man Bartimaeus, not merely to reveal the power of Jesus, but also to spell=
out what true discipleship entails: the following of Jesus no matter what =
the cost. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside begging for alms when he he=
ars that Jesus is passing by. Perhaps Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and nev=
er dreamt that Jesus would be so close by. He begins to shout repeatedly th=
at beautiful and simple prayer: =93Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!=94=
The crowd scolds him and advices him to be quiet but he shouts all the mor=
e: =93Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me!=94 In his repeated plea we see =
the persistence of faith and though he was blind he could see in Jesus his =
only Saviour. Jesus notices his call and asks Bartimaeus to be brought to h=
im. Jesus always notices the prayer made in faith and is ready to listen to=
our plea. On hearing of the invitation to come to Jesus Bartimaeus leaps u=
p, throws off his cloak
and goes to Jesus. Perhaps his cloak is the only valuable possession that =
he had and he had used it to sit, sleep and beg. Now he does not need his c=
loak for Jesus is all he needs. Jesus, though he sees that he is blind, ask=
s him what he needs. =93What do you want me to do for you?=94 Bartimaeus wi=
th great faith says: =93Rabunni, Master, let me see again!=94 Jesus heals h=
im and gives him his sight. On receiving his sight Bartimaeus follows Jesus=
, going wherever he leads him. =

=

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See=85..
A young man blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got t=
o know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm =
and wit. A beautiful relationship developed between them. But then one day =
a friend told him that the girl wasn=92t very good-looking. From that momen=
t on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad. He had been =91seeing=92 he=
r very well. It was his friend who was blind. A blind person doesn=92t jud=
ge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight and insight. Is it =
possible that a blind person could =91see=92 even more than a sighted perso=
n, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding? St. Mark see=
ms to think so. In fact this seems to be the whole point of his story. Bart=
imaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his =
disciples who had perfect eyesight. Whereas he has no doubt, they are full =
of doubt and hesitation.
Flor McCarthy in =91New Sunday and Holy day Liturgies=92
=

=93A miracle is a keen discernment of faith: not only does it save, but i=
t also involves a man in the dynamism of conversion. No sooner cured than B=
artimaeus, image of the faithful community and type of the perfect disciple=
, gets ready to follow Jesus on the way. Symbol of =91those who live in the=
darkness and in the shadow of death=92 Bartimaeus thus becomes the model o=
f those who cry out, who pray to be delivered from their blindness, in orde=
r to be able to get up and walk. =91There is a deliverer for them; I will m=
ake them see=92 (Pascal). To see love coming under the sign of the cross; T=
o see the gentle hands of God gathering up so many tears and incomprehensib=
le deaths; To see the face of God rising, along with justice, over the hori=
zon of the poor; To see the resurrection already at work in so many lives t=
hat have been renewed in the Church and in the world. Will we dare, with th=
e help of the Son of David, to join the procession of believers, of pray-er=
s, of seers? Rabbuni,
let me see!=94 =96Glenstal Bible Missal
=

Transforming Vision The musical =91Les Miserables=92 is based on the epi=
c novel by Victor Hugo and dramatizes the adventures of Jean Valjean. After=
serving nineteen years in prison for stealing some bread to help his siste=
r=92s starving child, Jean is paroled. Unable to find work, Valjean steals =
from a priest, who in turn lies to save him from being sent back to prison.=
Given a second chance, Jean Valjean undergoes a moral and social transform=
ation: he takes a new name, becomes wealthy, befriends a dying prostitute, =
raises her orphan and twice risks everything he=92s gained to save others. =
-What the Lord did through the priest for Valjean is similar to what he did=
for Bartimaeus. Both Valjean and Bartimaeus were nobodies =96social outcas=
ts. But when Jesus entered their lives, they became somebodies =96 his disc=
iples. Many are the times Jesus stopped to take notice of us and to transfo=
rm us. When we were nobodies, he made us somebodies. When we were spiritual=
ly sick, he made us
whole. When we were down he lifted us up. Can we in turn stop more often t=
o ask people: =93What can I do for you? How can I be of help?=94
Albert Cylwicki in =91His Word Resounds=92
=

May our eyes be opened so that we may see and follow Jesus today!
=

Fr. Jude Botelho
www.netforlife.net
=

PS. The stories, incidents and anecdotes used in the reflections have bee=
n collected over the years from books as well as from sources over the net =
and from e-mails received. Every effort is made to acknowledge authors when=
ever possible. These reflections are also available on my web site www.netf=
orlife.net Thank you.
=


=

---------------------------------
Find out what India is talking about on - Yahoo! Answers India =

Send FREE SMS to your friend's mobile from Yahoo! Messenger Version 8. Get=
it NOW
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2006-10-24 04:23:40 UTC
Permalink
23-Oct-2006
=

Dear Friend,
=

Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and w=
e have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinar=
y glasses and bifocals, magnifying glasses, field glasses, telescopes and m=
icroscopes, contact lenses and lens implants. But has our seeing improved? =
Sometimes we just refuse to see! Can we see with the eyes of faith? Have an=
insightful weekend! Fr. Jude
=

Sunday Reflections: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year =96=93Lord that I might =
see!=94 29-Oct.2006
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5: 1-6; =
Mark 10: 46-52;
=

In the first reading the prophet carries a message of hope for the exiles=
in Babylon. The Lord will save what is left of his people and bring them b=
ack from exile. Even the most helpless will share in the joy of this great =
event. The people are in exile as once in Egypt. There will be a new exodus=
, as marvelous as the old. God=92s love, not human power, will again be tri=
umphant because the first to be delivered will be the feeble; the blind wil=
l receive sight from the God of Israel. The reason for this hope is given b=
y Yahweh himself: =93For I am a father to Israel and Ephraim my first-born =
son,=94
=

To See Him=85.
A man and his son went on a camping trip to the mountains. They hired an =
experienced guide, who brought them into the heart of the forest, and the b=
eauty spots in the mountains that they themselves would never have found. T=
he old guide was constantly pointing out beauty and wonders that the passer=
-by would never notice. The young lad was fascinated by the ability of the =
guide to see so much in all his surroundings. One day the lad was so impres=
sed that he exclaimed =93I=92ll bet you can even see God out here.=94 The o=
ld guide smiled and replied =93Son, as life goes on it=92s getting more and=
more difficult for me to see anything but God out here.=94 =93Lord that I =
might see=85..=94
Jack McArdle in =91And that=92s the Gospel truth=92
=

In the second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that=
the high priest of the Old Testament understood sinners, because he was a =
sinner himself. Jesus understands us better than any other because he is Lo=
ve. The high priest was called to service because he was a descendant of Aa=
ron. Jesus was called by God because he was his only son. Melchizedek, prie=
st of God prefigured Christ, called directly by the father to be priest, vi=
ctim and sacrifice.
=

Today=92s gospel is rich in symbolism and Mark uses the cure of the blind=
man Bartimaeus, not merely to reveal the power of Jesus, but also to spell=
out what true discipleship entails: the following of Jesus no matter what =
the cost. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside begging for alms when he he=
ars that Jesus is passing by. Perhaps Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and nev=
er dreamt that Jesus would be so close by. He begins to shout repeatedly th=
at beautiful and simple prayer: =93Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!=94=
The crowd scolds him and advices him to be quiet but he shouts all the mor=
e: =93Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me!=94 In his repeated plea we see =
the persistence of faith and though he was blind he could see in Jesus his =
only Saviour. Jesus notices his call and asks Bartimaeus to be brought to h=
im. Jesus always notices the prayer made in faith and is ready to listen to=
our plea. On hearing of the invitation to come to Jesus Bartimaeus leaps u=
p, throws off his cloak
and goes to Jesus. Perhaps his cloak is the only valuable possession that =
he had and he had used it to sit, sleep and beg. Now he does not need his c=
loak for Jesus is all he needs. Jesus, though he sees that he is blind, ask=
s him what he needs. =93What do you want me to do for you?=94 Bartimaeus wi=
th great faith says: =93Rabunni, Master, let me see again!=94 Jesus heals h=
im and gives him his sight. On receiving his sight Bartimaeus follows Jesus=
, going wherever he leads him. =

=

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See=85..
A young man blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got t=
o know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm =
and wit. A beautiful relationship developed between them. But then one day =
a friend told him that the girl wasn=92t very good-looking. From that momen=
t on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad. He had been =91seeing=92 he=
r very well. It was his friend who was blind. A blind person doesn=92t jud=
ge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight and insight. Is it =
possible that a blind person could =91see=92 even more than a sighted perso=
n, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding? St. Mark see=
ms to think so. In fact this seems to be the whole point of his story. Bart=
imaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his =
disciples who had perfect eyesight. Whereas he has no doubt, they are full =
of doubt and hesitation.
Flor McCarthy in =91New Sunday and Holy day Liturgies=92
=

=93A miracle is a keen discernment of faith: not only does it save, but i=
t also involves a man in the dynamism of conversion. No sooner cured than B=
artimaeus, image of the faithful community and type of the perfect disciple=
, gets ready to follow Jesus on the way. Symbol of =91those who live in the=
darkness and in the shadow of death=92 Bartimaeus thus becomes the model o=
f those who cry out, who pray to be delivered from their blindness, in orde=
r to be able to get up and walk. =91There is a deliverer for them; I will m=
ake them see=92 (Pascal). To see love coming under the sign of the cross; T=
o see the gentle hands of God gathering up so many tears and incomprehensib=
le deaths; To see the face of God rising, along with justice, over the hori=
zon of the poor; To see the resurrection already at work in so many lives t=
hat have been renewed in the Church and in the world. Will we dare, with th=
e help of the Son of David, to join the procession of believers, of pray-er=
s, of seers? Rabbuni,
let me see!=94 =96Glenstal Bible Missal
=

Transforming Vision The musical =91Les Miserables=92 is based on the epi=
c novel by Victor Hugo and dramatizes the adventures of Jean Valjean. After=
serving nineteen years in prison for stealing some bread to help his siste=
r=92s starving child, Jean is paroled. Unable to find work, Valjean steals =
from a priest, who in turn lies to save him from being sent back to prison.=
Given a second chance, Jean Valjean undergoes a moral and social transform=
ation: he takes a new name, becomes wealthy, befriends a dying prostitute, =
raises her orphan and twice risks everything he=92s gained to save others. =
-What the Lord did through the priest for Valjean is similar to what he did=
for Bartimaeus. Both Valjean and Bartimaeus were nobodies =96social outcas=
ts. But when Jesus entered their lives, they became somebodies =96 his disc=
iples. Many are the times Jesus stopped to take notice of us and to transfo=
rm us. When we were nobodies, he made us somebodies. When we were spiritual=
ly sick, he made us
whole. When we were down he lifted us up. Can we in turn stop more often t=
o ask people: =93What can I do for you? How can I be of help?=94
Albert Cylwicki in =91His Word Resounds=92
=

May our eyes be opened so that we may see and follow Jesus today!
=

Fr. Jude Botelho
www.netforlife.net
=

PS. The stories, incidents and anecdotes used in the reflections have bee=
n collected over the years from books as well as from sources over the net =
and from e-mails received. Every effort is made to acknowledge authors when=
ever possible. These reflections are also available on my web site www.netf=
orlife.net Thank you.
=


=

---------------------------------
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Permalink
23-Oct-2006
=

Dear Friend,
=

Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and w=
e have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinar=
y glasses and bifocals, magnifying glasses, field glasses, telescopes and m=
icroscopes, contact lenses and lens implants. But has our seeing improved? =
Sometimes we just refuse to see! Can we see with the eyes of faith? Have an=
insightful weekend! Fr. Jude
=

Sunday Reflections: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year =96=93Lord that I might =
see!=94 29-Oct.2006
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5: 1-6; =
Mark 10: 46-52;
=

In the first reading the prophet carries a message of hope for the exiles=
in Babylon. The Lord will save what is left of his people and bring them b=
ack from exile. Even the most helpless will share in the joy of this great =
event. The people are in exile as once in Egypt. There will be a new exodus=
, as marvelous as the old. God=92s love, not human power, will again be tri=
umphant because the first to be delivered will be the feeble; the blind wil=
l receive sight from the God of Israel. The reason for this hope is given b=
y Yahweh himself: =93For I am a father to Israel and Ephraim my first-born =
son,=94
=

To See Him=85.
A man and his son went on a camping trip to the mountains. They hired an =
experienced guide, who brought them into the heart of the forest, and the b=
eauty spots in the mountains that they themselves would never have found. T=
he old guide was constantly pointing out beauty and wonders that the passer=
-by would never notice. The young lad was fascinated by the ability of the =
guide to see so much in all his surroundings. One day the lad was so impres=
sed that he exclaimed =93I=92ll bet you can even see God out here.=94 The o=
ld guide smiled and replied =93Son, as life goes on it=92s getting more and=
more difficult for me to see anything but God out here.=94 =93Lord that I =
might see=85..=94
Jack McArdle in =91And that=92s the Gospel truth=92
=

In the second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that=
the high priest of the Old Testament understood sinners, because he was a =
sinner himself. Jesus understands us better than any other because he is Lo=
ve. The high priest was called to service because he was a descendant of Aa=
ron. Jesus was called by God because he was his only son. Melchizedek, prie=
st of God prefigured Christ, called directly by the father to be priest, vi=
ctim and sacrifice.
=

Today=92s gospel is rich in symbolism and Mark uses the cure of the blind=
man Bartimaeus, not merely to reveal the power of Jesus, but also to spell=
out what true discipleship entails: the following of Jesus no matter what =
the cost. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside begging for alms when he he=
ars that Jesus is passing by. Perhaps Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and nev=
er dreamt that Jesus would be so close by. He begins to shout repeatedly th=
at beautiful and simple prayer: =93Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!=94=
The crowd scolds him and advices him to be quiet but he shouts all the mor=
e: =93Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me!=94 In his repeated plea we see =
the persistence of faith and though he was blind he could see in Jesus his =
only Saviour. Jesus notices his call and asks Bartimaeus to be brought to h=
im. Jesus always notices the prayer made in faith and is ready to listen to=
our plea. On hearing of the invitation to come to Jesus Bartimaeus leaps u=
p, throws off his cloak
and goes to Jesus. Perhaps his cloak is the only valuable possession that =
he had and he had used it to sit, sleep and beg. Now he does not need his c=
loak for Jesus is all he needs. Jesus, though he sees that he is blind, ask=
s him what he needs. =93What do you want me to do for you?=94 Bartimaeus wi=
th great faith says: =93Rabunni, Master, let me see again!=94 Jesus heals h=
im and gives him his sight. On receiving his sight Bartimaeus follows Jesus=
, going wherever he leads him. =

=

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See=85..
A young man blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got t=
o know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm =
and wit. A beautiful relationship developed between them. But then one day =
a friend told him that the girl wasn=92t very good-looking. From that momen=
t on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad. He had been =91seeing=92 he=
r very well. It was his friend who was blind. A blind person doesn=92t jud=
ge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight and insight. Is it =
possible that a blind person could =91see=92 even more than a sighted perso=
n, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding? St. Mark see=
ms to think so. In fact this seems to be the whole point of his story. Bart=
imaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his =
disciples who had perfect eyesight. Whereas he has no doubt, they are full =
of doubt and hesitation.
Flor McCarthy in =91New Sunday and Holy day Liturgies=92
=

=93A miracle is a keen discernment of faith: not only does it save, but i=
t also involves a man in the dynamism of conversion. No sooner cured than B=
artimaeus, image of the faithful community and type of the perfect disciple=
, gets ready to follow Jesus on the way. Symbol of =91those who live in the=
darkness and in the shadow of death=92 Bartimaeus thus becomes the model o=
f those who cry out, who pray to be delivered from their blindness, in orde=
r to be able to get up and walk. =91There is a deliverer for them; I will m=
ake them see=92 (Pascal). To see love coming under the sign of the cross; T=
o see the gentle hands of God gathering up so many tears and incomprehensib=
le deaths; To see the face of God rising, along with justice, over the hori=
zon of the poor; To see the resurrection already at work in so many lives t=
hat have been renewed in the Church and in the world. Will we dare, with th=
e help of the Son of David, to join the procession of believers, of pray-er=
s, of seers? Rabbuni,
let me see!=94 =96Glenstal Bible Missal
=

Transforming Vision The musical =91Les Miserables=92 is based on the epi=
c novel by Victor Hugo and dramatizes the adventures of Jean Valjean. After=
serving nineteen years in prison for stealing some bread to help his siste=
r=92s starving child, Jean is paroled. Unable to find work, Valjean steals =
from a priest, who in turn lies to save him from being sent back to prison.=
Given a second chance, Jean Valjean undergoes a moral and social transform=
ation: he takes a new name, becomes wealthy, befriends a dying prostitute, =
raises her orphan and twice risks everything he=92s gained to save others. =
-What the Lord did through the priest for Valjean is similar to what he did=
for Bartimaeus. Both Valjean and Bartimaeus were nobodies =96social outcas=
ts. But when Jesus entered their lives, they became somebodies =96 his disc=
iples. Many are the times Jesus stopped to take notice of us and to transfo=
rm us. When we were nobodies, he made us somebodies. When we were spiritual=
ly sick, he made us
whole. When we were down he lifted us up. Can we in turn stop more often t=
o ask people: =93What can I do for you? How can I be of help?=94
Albert Cylwicki in =91His Word Resounds=92
=

May our eyes be opened so that we may see and follow Jesus today!
=

Fr. Jude Botelho
www.netforlife.net
=

PS. The stories, incidents and anecdotes used in the reflections have bee=
n collected over the years from books as well as from sources over the net =
and from e-mails received. Every effort is made to acknowledge authors when=
ever possible. These reflections are also available on my web site www.netf=
orlife.net Thank you.
=


=

---------------------------------
Find out what India is talking about on - Yahoo! Answers India =

Send FREE SMS to your friend's mobile from Yahoo! Messenger Version 8. Get=
it NOW
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2006-10-24 04:23:40 UTC
Permalink
23-Oct-2006
=

Dear Friend,
=

Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and w=
e have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinar=
y glasses and bifocals, magnifying glasses, field glasses, telescopes and m=
icroscopes, contact lenses and lens implants. But has our seeing improved? =
Sometimes we just refuse to see! Can we see with the eyes of faith? Have an=
insightful weekend! Fr. Jude
=

Sunday Reflections: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year =96=93Lord that I might =
see!=94 29-Oct.2006
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5: 1-6; =
Mark 10: 46-52;
=

In the first reading the prophet carries a message of hope for the exiles=
in Babylon. The Lord will save what is left of his people and bring them b=
ack from exile. Even the most helpless will share in the joy of this great =
event. The people are in exile as once in Egypt. There will be a new exodus=
, as marvelous as the old. God=92s love, not human power, will again be tri=
umphant because the first to be delivered will be the feeble; the blind wil=
l receive sight from the God of Israel. The reason for this hope is given b=
y Yahweh himself: =93For I am a father to Israel and Ephraim my first-born =
son,=94
=

To See Him=85.
A man and his son went on a camping trip to the mountains. They hired an =
experienced guide, who brought them into the heart of the forest, and the b=
eauty spots in the mountains that they themselves would never have found. T=
he old guide was constantly pointing out beauty and wonders that the passer=
-by would never notice. The young lad was fascinated by the ability of the =
guide to see so much in all his surroundings. One day the lad was so impres=
sed that he exclaimed =93I=92ll bet you can even see God out here.=94 The o=
ld guide smiled and replied =93Son, as life goes on it=92s getting more and=
more difficult for me to see anything but God out here.=94 =93Lord that I =
might see=85..=94
Jack McArdle in =91And that=92s the Gospel truth=92
=

In the second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that=
the high priest of the Old Testament understood sinners, because he was a =
sinner himself. Jesus understands us better than any other because he is Lo=
ve. The high priest was called to service because he was a descendant of Aa=
ron. Jesus was called by God because he was his only son. Melchizedek, prie=
st of God prefigured Christ, called directly by the father to be priest, vi=
ctim and sacrifice.
=

Today=92s gospel is rich in symbolism and Mark uses the cure of the blind=
man Bartimaeus, not merely to reveal the power of Jesus, but also to spell=
out what true discipleship entails: the following of Jesus no matter what =
the cost. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside begging for alms when he he=
ars that Jesus is passing by. Perhaps Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and nev=
er dreamt that Jesus would be so close by. He begins to shout repeatedly th=
at beautiful and simple prayer: =93Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!=94=
The crowd scolds him and advices him to be quiet but he shouts all the mor=
e: =93Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me!=94 In his repeated plea we see =
the persistence of faith and though he was blind he could see in Jesus his =
only Saviour. Jesus notices his call and asks Bartimaeus to be brought to h=
im. Jesus always notices the prayer made in faith and is ready to listen to=
our plea. On hearing of the invitation to come to Jesus Bartimaeus leaps u=
p, throws off his cloak
and goes to Jesus. Perhaps his cloak is the only valuable possession that =
he had and he had used it to sit, sleep and beg. Now he does not need his c=
loak for Jesus is all he needs. Jesus, though he sees that he is blind, ask=
s him what he needs. =93What do you want me to do for you?=94 Bartimaeus wi=
th great faith says: =93Rabunni, Master, let me see again!=94 Jesus heals h=
im and gives him his sight. On receiving his sight Bartimaeus follows Jesus=
, going wherever he leads him. =

=

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See=85..
A young man blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got t=
o know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm =
and wit. A beautiful relationship developed between them. But then one day =
a friend told him that the girl wasn=92t very good-looking. From that momen=
t on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad. He had been =91seeing=92 he=
r very well. It was his friend who was blind. A blind person doesn=92t jud=
ge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight and insight. Is it =
possible that a blind person could =91see=92 even more than a sighted perso=
n, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding? St. Mark see=
ms to think so. In fact this seems to be the whole point of his story. Bart=
imaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his =
disciples who had perfect eyesight. Whereas he has no doubt, they are full =
of doubt and hesitation.
Flor McCarthy in =91New Sunday and Holy day Liturgies=92
=

=93A miracle is a keen discernment of faith: not only does it save, but i=
t also involves a man in the dynamism of conversion. No sooner cured than B=
artimaeus, image of the faithful community and type of the perfect disciple=
, gets ready to follow Jesus on the way. Symbol of =91those who live in the=
darkness and in the shadow of death=92 Bartimaeus thus becomes the model o=
f those who cry out, who pray to be delivered from their blindness, in orde=
r to be able to get up and walk. =91There is a deliverer for them; I will m=
ake them see=92 (Pascal). To see love coming under the sign of the cross; T=
o see the gentle hands of God gathering up so many tears and incomprehensib=
le deaths; To see the face of God rising, along with justice, over the hori=
zon of the poor; To see the resurrection already at work in so many lives t=
hat have been renewed in the Church and in the world. Will we dare, with th=
e help of the Son of David, to join the procession of believers, of pray-er=
s, of seers? Rabbuni,
let me see!=94 =96Glenstal Bible Missal
=

Transforming Vision The musical =91Les Miserables=92 is based on the epi=
c novel by Victor Hugo and dramatizes the adventures of Jean Valjean. After=
serving nineteen years in prison for stealing some bread to help his siste=
r=92s starving child, Jean is paroled. Unable to find work, Valjean steals =
from a priest, who in turn lies to save him from being sent back to prison.=
Given a second chance, Jean Valjean undergoes a moral and social transform=
ation: he takes a new name, becomes wealthy, befriends a dying prostitute, =
raises her orphan and twice risks everything he=92s gained to save others. =
-What the Lord did through the priest for Valjean is similar to what he did=
for Bartimaeus. Both Valjean and Bartimaeus were nobodies =96social outcas=
ts. But when Jesus entered their lives, they became somebodies =96 his disc=
iples. Many are the times Jesus stopped to take notice of us and to transfo=
rm us. When we were nobodies, he made us somebodies. When we were spiritual=
ly sick, he made us
whole. When we were down he lifted us up. Can we in turn stop more often t=
o ask people: =93What can I do for you? How can I be of help?=94
Albert Cylwicki in =91His Word Resounds=92
=

May our eyes be opened so that we may see and follow Jesus today!
=

Fr. Jude Botelho
www.netforlife.net
=

PS. The stories, incidents and anecdotes used in the reflections have bee=
n collected over the years from books as well as from sources over the net =
and from e-mails received. Every effort is made to acknowledge authors when=
ever possible. These reflections are also available on my web site www.netf=
orlife.net Thank you.
=


=

---------------------------------
Find out what India is talking about on - Yahoo! Answers India =

Send FREE SMS to your friend's mobile from Yahoo! Messenger Version 8. Get=
it NOW
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2006-10-24 04:23:40 UTC
Permalink
23-Oct-2006
=

Dear Friend,
=

Today we have eliminated many of the diseases that cause blindness, and w=
e have invented all kinds of devices to improve our seeing. We have ordinar=
y glasses and bifocals, magnifying glasses, field glasses, telescopes and m=
icroscopes, contact lenses and lens implants. But has our seeing improved? =
Sometimes we just refuse to see! Can we see with the eyes of faith? Have an=
insightful weekend! Fr. Jude
=

Sunday Reflections: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year =96=93Lord that I might =
see!=94 29-Oct.2006
Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5: 1-6; =
Mark 10: 46-52;
=

In the first reading the prophet carries a message of hope for the exiles=
in Babylon. The Lord will save what is left of his people and bring them b=
ack from exile. Even the most helpless will share in the joy of this great =
event. The people are in exile as once in Egypt. There will be a new exodus=
, as marvelous as the old. God=92s love, not human power, will again be tri=
umphant because the first to be delivered will be the feeble; the blind wil=
l receive sight from the God of Israel. The reason for this hope is given b=
y Yahweh himself: =93For I am a father to Israel and Ephraim my first-born =
son,=94
=

To See Him=85.
A man and his son went on a camping trip to the mountains. They hired an =
experienced guide, who brought them into the heart of the forest, and the b=
eauty spots in the mountains that they themselves would never have found. T=
he old guide was constantly pointing out beauty and wonders that the passer=
-by would never notice. The young lad was fascinated by the ability of the =
guide to see so much in all his surroundings. One day the lad was so impres=
sed that he exclaimed =93I=92ll bet you can even see God out here.=94 The o=
ld guide smiled and replied =93Son, as life goes on it=92s getting more and=
more difficult for me to see anything but God out here.=94 =93Lord that I =
might see=85..=94
Jack McArdle in =91And that=92s the Gospel truth=92
=

In the second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that=
the high priest of the Old Testament understood sinners, because he was a =
sinner himself. Jesus understands us better than any other because he is Lo=
ve. The high priest was called to service because he was a descendant of Aa=
ron. Jesus was called by God because he was his only son. Melchizedek, prie=
st of God prefigured Christ, called directly by the father to be priest, vi=
ctim and sacrifice.
=

Today=92s gospel is rich in symbolism and Mark uses the cure of the blind=
man Bartimaeus, not merely to reveal the power of Jesus, but also to spell=
out what true discipleship entails: the following of Jesus no matter what =
the cost. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside begging for alms when he he=
ars that Jesus is passing by. Perhaps Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and nev=
er dreamt that Jesus would be so close by. He begins to shout repeatedly th=
at beautiful and simple prayer: =93Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!=94=
The crowd scolds him and advices him to be quiet but he shouts all the mor=
e: =93Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me!=94 In his repeated plea we see =
the persistence of faith and though he was blind he could see in Jesus his =
only Saviour. Jesus notices his call and asks Bartimaeus to be brought to h=
im. Jesus always notices the prayer made in faith and is ready to listen to=
our plea. On hearing of the invitation to come to Jesus Bartimaeus leaps u=
p, throws off his cloak
and goes to Jesus. Perhaps his cloak is the only valuable possession that =
he had and he had used it to sit, sleep and beg. Now he does not need his c=
loak for Jesus is all he needs. Jesus, though he sees that he is blind, ask=
s him what he needs. =93What do you want me to do for you?=94 Bartimaeus wi=
th great faith says: =93Rabunni, Master, let me see again!=94 Jesus heals h=
im and gives him his sight. On receiving his sight Bartimaeus follows Jesus=
, going wherever he leads him. =

=

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See=85..
A young man blind from birth, fell in love with a girl. The more he got t=
o know her, the deeper his love for her became. He found her full of charm =
and wit. A beautiful relationship developed between them. But then one day =
a friend told him that the girl wasn=92t very good-looking. From that momen=
t on he began to lose interest in her. Too bad. He had been =91seeing=92 he=
r very well. It was his friend who was blind. A blind person doesn=92t jud=
ge by appearances. We must remember that there is sight and insight. Is it =
possible that a blind person could =91see=92 even more than a sighted perso=
n, in the sense of having more insight and more understanding? St. Mark see=
ms to think so. In fact this seems to be the whole point of his story. Bart=
imaeus, who was physically blind, had more faith in Jesus than many of his =
disciples who had perfect eyesight. Whereas he has no doubt, they are full =
of doubt and hesitation.
Flor McCarthy in =91New Sunday and Holy day Liturgies=92
=

=93A miracle is a keen discernment of faith: not only does it save, but i=
t also involves a man in the dynamism of conversion. No sooner cured than B=
artimaeus, image of the faithful community and type of the perfect disciple=
, gets ready to follow Jesus on the way. Symbol of =91those who live in the=
darkness and in the shadow of death=92 Bartimaeus thus becomes the model o=
f those who cry out, who pray to be delivered from their blindness, in orde=
r to be able to get up and walk. =91There is a deliverer for them; I will m=
ake them see=92 (Pascal). To see love coming under the sign of the cross; T=
o see the gentle hands of God gathering up so many tears and incomprehensib=
le deaths; To see the face of God rising, along with justice, over the hori=
zon of the poor; To see the resurrection already at work in so many lives t=
hat have been renewed in the Church and in the world. Will we dare, with th=
e help of the Son of David, to join the procession of believers, of pray-er=
s, of seers? Rabbuni,
let me see!=94 =96Glenstal Bible Missal
=

Transforming Vision The musical =91Les Miserables=92 is based on the epi=
c novel by Victor Hugo and dramatizes the adventures of Jean Valjean. After=
serving nineteen years in prison for stealing some bread to help his siste=
r=92s starving child, Jean is paroled. Unable to find work, Valjean steals =
from a priest, who in turn lies to save him from being sent back to prison.=
Given a second chance, Jean Valjean undergoes a moral and social transform=
ation: he takes a new name, becomes wealthy, befriends a dying prostitute, =
raises her orphan and twice risks everything he=92s gained to save others. =
-What the Lord did through the priest for Valjean is similar to what he did=
for Bartimaeus. Both Valjean and Bartimaeus were nobodies =96social outcas=
ts. But when Jesus entered their lives, they became somebodies =96 his disc=
iples. Many are the times Jesus stopped to take notice of us and to transfo=
rm us. When we were nobodies, he made us somebodies. When we were spiritual=
ly sick, he made us
whole. When we were down he lifted us up. Can we in turn stop more often t=
o ask people: =93What can I do for you? How can I be of help?=94
Albert Cylwicki in =91His Word Resounds=92
=

May our eyes be opened so that we may see and follow Jesus today!
=

Fr. Jude Botelho
www.netforlife.net
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PS. The stories, incidents and anecdotes used in the reflections have bee=
n collected over the years from books as well as from sources over the net =
and from e-mails received. Every effort is made to acknowledge authors when=
ever possible. These reflections are also available on my web site www.netf=
orlife.net Thank you.
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