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Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 RV 1:1-4; 2:1-5
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,
to show his servants what must happen soon.
He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
who gives witness to the word of God
and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud
and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message
and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.
John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace
from him who is and who was and who is to come,
and from the seven spirits before his throne.
I heard the Lord saying to me:
“To the angel of the Church in Ephesus, write this:
“‘The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand
and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this:
“I know your works, your labor, and your endurance,
and that you cannot tolerate the wicked;
you have tested those who call themselves Apostles but are not,
and discovered that they are impostors.
Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name,
and you have not grown weary.
Yet I hold this against you:
you have lost the love you had at first.
Realize how far you have fallen.
Repent, and do the works you did at first.
Otherwise, I will come to you
and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”’”
Gospel LK 18:35-43
As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

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Take the Gospel to prayer:

Obviously, this is a text about the faith of the blind man. It is also a statement about perseverance and not following the crowd. It is unclear from the text if the blind man took his place along the road because he knew that Jesus would be passing that way or not. He certainly is aware of who Jesus is.

When he hears that Jesus is passing by, he cries out. The crowd judges him unworthy of the Lord's attention and tries to quiet him. But he continues to cry out. Jesus rewards his faith with the miracle he seeks. God will also reward our perseverance in prayer.

The will of the crowd was wrong. How often do we slip into the same position, however? When do we look at someone and deem them unworthy of our Christian love? Yes, we only have so many resources that we can share and, just as we saw in yesterday's text, we are only held accountable for sharing the time, talent and treasure granted to us. But we must be careful not to minimize the needs that might be calling to the attention of someone else.

What do I mean? Some will defend life working against abortion and others will work to end the death penalty. Some will follow the example of St. Gertrude and be involved in "messy" charitable works, while others will choose a "clean" style (see story below). We each must pursue our own paths without judging or hindering others.

Lord, help my faith to be stronger than the pressure of the crowd. I know that when I call upon Your Name, You hear me. Thank You, Lord. May all glory and praise be Yours now and forever. Amen.
Perseverance in Good Humor: St. Thomas More with Dr. Gerard Wegemer