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His Faith was in Jesus, the Voice of Truth - Gospel of Saint Mark 10:46-52
His Faith was in Jesus, the Voice of Truth
His Faith was in Jesus, the Voice of Truth
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Christ Healing the Blind Man of Jericho by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665); 1650; Louvre Museum, Paris, France; commons.wikimedia.org

 

Gospel according to Saint Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me."
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you."
Immediately he received his sight
and followed Jesus on the way.


Thirtieth Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint Mark 10:46-52; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; October 28, 2018




We all have faith or else we wouldn’t be in this church this morning. So it is not a question for us of having faith or not having faith. We have been gifted by God with faith. Faith is a gift from God. It is not something that we can manufacture ourselves. We can’t make ourselves believe. We either get the gift from God of faith or we don’t have it. And, that is the Mystery of Faith.

The Holy Gospel this morning reminds us of a very important fact of spiritual living: that we who have faith must use it. We must use it.

The blind man in today’s Holy Gospel is an example of someone who really believed. He really believed that Jesus of Nazareth could help him. And, so he sits at the side of the road begging, not seeing but believing - not seeing but believing and he calls out: Have mercy on me, Son of David, have mercy on me, Jesus of Nazareth!

And there are the disciples of Jesus who want him to be quiet; to stop screaming out for help; to stop petitioning the Lord. They want him to be quiet, silent, and stop. And yet he continues: have mercy on me.

Finally, Jesus hears him, calls him, asks him what he needs, and says to him: your faith has saved you. Your faith has saved you; and the Miracle Happens.

We too, with the gift of faith, can use our faith to save us in different ways, in different circumstances, in different times, concerning different people. Our faith will and can save us.

The problem is those voices that sometimes we hear in our head, like the voices of the disciples who wanted the man to be quiet.

Sometimes you and I, as faith filled as we are with the gift of faith, we still have those voices in our heads. And those voices say to us, things like: God has more important things to take care of than me, and my little, tiny problems. God has starving nations. God has billions of poor people. God has people who are really sick. And, God has more important things to do then to listen to me and my little, puny prayers. That’s a voice. We have to silence that voice because that's not Truth.

God is almighty. And when we say God is almighty that means that God can take care of everybody, there is no limit to the power of God.

And so yes, there are people with more serious problems in this world then me perhaps; that does not exclude me from being a beneficiary of God’s saving power and help. And so that voice, like the voice of the disciples telling the man to be quiet, don’t do that, don’t say that, don’t pray that. Those voices have to be silenced.

Sometimes we might feel that God has forgotten us. God doesn’t seem to hear our prayers and it is like God forgets us. And so we stop asking for help. We stop praying. And when that little voice says: God has forgotten you; God doesn’t know who you are; that’s not true - because, God is all knowing, God is all wise. God doesn’t forget. God can’t forget. God is perfect. How can God forget? And so God never forgets us.

And sometimes when we pray to God and we ask for help in faith, and the help is a long time coming, or we are not getting the answer we expect, we think God has forgotten me, and so we stop praying. We get discouraged, and stop. No - that is voice in our heads; a voice that is unfaithful; that says to us: God’s forgotten you, so stop praying, you don’t need to pray; nothing is going to change anyway.

Sometimes we might think: I’m not worthy of the help of God. I’m just not worth it. And although I might say a prayer or I might ask for help, deep down inside I don’t believe that I am worth the help of God - that I am worth the blessing of God. And that is a very dangerous voice that says: you’re not worth it. God is too good and great for you and you’re not worth it - that too, is a lie - because God loves each and every one of us.

And as we look at the crucifix in our Catholic faith, God loves us to death. And so we are worth it. We are really worth it. Jesus Christ proved that to us on the cross, that we are worth it.

Last and not least, and perhaps this is the most dangerous voice of all. There is sometimes a voice in our rational minds, in our educated minds that says to us: you probably can take care of this problem yourself, if you just take time and figure it out. You probably can solve this problem; so just do it yourself. Just rely on yourself. Figure it out yourself, you don’t really need God. God is too busy anyway. You don’t need God. Figure it out.

Especially for us twenty-fist century Amercians who are taught from the age of four to figure it out; this is a very dangerous voice that can distract us from using our faith; because in spiritual living, we can’t figure everything out. We just can’t. There are some things that are beyond us, that are beyond our comprehension. We can’t figure everything out. And yet there is that little voice that says: oh you just figure it out all by yourself; this is too important so you do it, you take care of it; you figure it out; you don’t need God.

Those are the voices symbolized in today’s Gospel by the voices of those people standing around, that said to the man: be quiet.

The man persisted. He didn’t give up. He was full of God, enthusiastic: en theos, two Greek words meaning: in God. He was in God. His faith was in God. And, God was in him. And he didn’t stop crying out. He didn’t stop asking. He didn’t give up.

And Jesus calls him. And says to him: what do you need? He states what he needs. And Jesus says: your faith has saved you.

Your faith has saved you because you didn’t stop believing. You didn’t stop. Even though there were voices around you that told you to stop, you didn’t stop. You are enthusiastic - you never gave up.

Today’s Gospel is a beautiful reminder to us who are faith filled, never to stop believing. Never to give up. And above all, never to listen to those voices that we sometimes have in our heads that want to distract us from the source of all goodness, all power, and all love: GOD!

Those voices are lies. And we are not to believe them, or listen to them, or to pay attention to them because they will just get us off the track. And they will tell us: don’t use your faith, it’s not worth it.

It is worth it! And we are worth it! And we believe that: all we have to do - is to be reminded - of how worth while we are - by looking at the Crucifix.



 

Gospel according to Saint Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me."
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you."
Immediately he received his sight
and followed Jesus on the way.


Thirtieth Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint Mark 10:46-52; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; October 28, 2018




We all have faith or else we wouldn’t be in this church this morning. So it is not a question for us of having faith or not having faith. We have been gifted by God with faith. Faith is a gift from God. It is not something that we can manufacture ourselves. We can’t make ourselves believe. We either get the gift from God of faith or we don’t have it. And, that is the Mystery of Faith.

The Holy Gospel this morning reminds us of a very important fact of spiritual living: that we who have faith must use it. We must use it.

The blind man in today’s Holy Gospel is an example of someone who really believed. He really believed that Jesus of Nazareth could help him. And, so he sits at the side of the road begging, not seeing but believing - not seeing but believing and he calls out: Have mercy on me, Son of David, have mercy on me, Jesus of Nazareth!

And there are the disciples of Jesus who want him to be quiet; to stop screaming out for help; to stop petitioning the Lord. They want him to be quiet, silent, and stop. And yet he continues: have mercy on me.

Finally, Jesus hears him, calls him, asks him what he needs, and says to him: your faith has saved you. Your faith has saved you; and the Miracle Happens.

We too, with the gift of faith, can use our faith to save us in different ways, in different circumstances, in different times, concerning different people. Our faith will and can save us.

The problem is those voices that sometimes we hear in our head, like the voices of the disciples who wanted the man to be quiet.

Sometimes you and I, as faith filled as we are with the gift of faith, we still have those voices in our heads. And those voices say to us, things like: God has more important things to take care of than me, and my little, tiny problems. God has starving nations. God has billions of poor people. God has people who are really sick. And, God has more important things to do then to listen to me and my little, puny prayers. That’s a voice. We have to silence that voice because that's not Truth.

God is almighty. And when we say God is almighty that means that God can take care of everybody, there is no limit to the power of God.

And so yes, there are people with more serious problems in this world then me perhaps; that does not exclude me from being a beneficiary of God’s saving power and help. And so that voice, like the voice of the disciples telling the man to be quiet, don’t do that, don’t say that, don’t pray that. Those voices have to be silenced.

Sometimes we might feel that God has forgotten us. God doesn’t seem to hear our prayers and it is like God forgets us. And so we stop asking for help. We stop praying. And when that little voice says: God has forgotten you; God doesn’t know who you are; that’s not true - because, God is all knowing, God is all wise. God doesn’t forget. God can’t forget. God is perfect. How can God forget? And so God never forgets us.

And sometimes when we pray to God and we ask for help in faith, and the help is a long time coming, or we are not getting the answer we expect, we think God has forgotten me, and so we stop praying. We get discouraged, and stop. No - that is voice in our heads; a voice that is unfaithful; that says to us: God’s forgotten you, so stop praying, you don’t need to pray; nothing is going to change anyway.

Sometimes we might think: I’m not worthy of the help of God. I’m just not worth it. And although I might say a prayer or I might ask for help, deep down inside I don’t believe that I am worth the help of God - that I am worth the blessing of God. And that is a very dangerous voice that says: you’re not worth it. God is too good and great for you and you’re not worth it - that too, is a lie - because God loves each and every one of us.

And as we look at the crucifix in our Catholic faith, God loves us to death. And so we are worth it. We are really worth it. Jesus Christ proved that to us on the cross, that we are worth it.

Last and not least, and perhaps this is the most dangerous voice of all. There is sometimes a voice in our rational minds, in our educated minds that says to us: you probably can take care of this problem yourself, if you just take time and figure it out. You probably can solve this problem; so just do it yourself. Just rely on yourself. Figure it out yourself, you don’t really need God. God is too busy anyway. You don’t need God. Figure it out.

Especially for us twenty-fist century Amercians who are taught from the age of four to figure it out; this is a very dangerous voice that can distract us from using our faith; because in spiritual living, we can’t figure everything out. We just can’t. There are some things that are beyond us, that are beyond our comprehension. We can’t figure everything out. And yet there is that little voice that says: oh you just figure it out all by yourself; this is too important so you do it, you take care of it; you figure it out; you don’t need God.

Those are the voices symbolized in today’s Gospel by the voices of those people standing around, that said to the man: be quiet.

The man persisted. He didn’t give up. He was full of God, enthusiastic: en theos, two Greek words meaning: in God. He was in God. His faith was in God. And, God was in him. And he didn’t stop crying out. He didn’t stop asking. He didn’t give up.

And Jesus calls him. And says to him: what do you need? He states what he needs. And Jesus says: your faith has saved you.

Your faith has saved you because you didn’t stop believing. You didn’t stop. Even though there were voices around you that told you to stop, you didn’t stop. You are enthusiastic - you never gave up.

Today’s Gospel is a beautiful reminder to us who are faith filled, never to stop believing. Never to give up. And above all, never to listen to those voices that we sometimes have in our heads that want to distract us from the source of all goodness, all power, and all love: GOD!

Those voices are lies. And we are not to believe them, or listen to them, or to pay attention to them because they will just get us off the track. And they will tell us: don’t use your faith, it’s not worth it.

It is worth it! And we are worth it! And we believe that: all we have to do - is to be reminded - of how worth while we are - by looking at the Crucifix.



 
 
 

 
 

LEFT: Scuplture the Crucifixion; late Middle Ages, Collegiate Church of Saint-Salvi, Albi, France; commons.wikimedia.org

RIGHT: Sculpture Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus by Johann Heinrich Stöver (1829-1872); 1861; Saint John’s Church, Erbach, Rheingau, Hesse, Germany; commons.wikimedia.org

 
 
 
 
 
October 28, 2018 - His Faith was in Jesus, the Voice of Truth - Gospel according to Saint Mark 10:46-52 and Homily by Fr. John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap.


 
 

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Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty
Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

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PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
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Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
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CREDO
Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.