HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF 8TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
THEME: RADICAL PRAYER!
BY: Benedict Agbo (Rev Fr)
*Sir 42: 15 – 25, Mk 10: 46 – 52.
Do we realize that what Christ did for us at baptism is even more wonderful than what he did for Bartimeus in today’s gospel. As sharers of his own royal priesthood (remember we were all anointed with the oil of chrism at baptism), we have the power to offer spiritual sacrifices to God. The problem is always our lack of faith and lack of radical prayer. Radical prayer is a prayer that goes beyond the normal liturgical dynamics. It is a prayer that breaks all theological protocols.
Bartimeus was a blind man – the most wretched physical disability and a poor begger – the most shameful psychological condition. Rev 3: 17 says that being blind and poor is to be wretched. But he engaged in radical prayer inspite of his obstacles of blindness and the crowd’s restraint. He had faith in Divine mercy and Power. He was a grateful prayer warrior and ended up following Jesus in Thanksgiving and love. He received the triple spiritual favours /empowerment we can ever get from Jesus: mercy, spiritual sight and followership.
Our baptism provides us even more; Redemption, Repentance and Regeneration. But we have refused to celebrate it in faith! We can still wake up to this challenge and celebrate it even for our children. Our operative word today is: Go, your faith has saved you! May God bless you today!
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