30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B
“Go, your faith has saved you”
Like Jesus said, it is faith that saves us. Let me ask, who wants to go to heaven? …me too! It’s our faith that gets us there.
We often forget that this present world will pass away. For example, we get so caught up about recycling rubbish that we forget that God will renew the heavens and the earth in the life to come. And in forgetting that this present world will pass away we can get our priorities wrong such as the truth that it is far more important for me to go to confession and have a clean soul than to pick up and recycle rubbish and have a clean presbytery. Both are good, one is far superior. Why?
The miracles that we find in the Gospels remind us that there is a reality that reaches through the veil that separates this world from the world to come. In today’s Gospel it is ironic that a blind man was one of the few who could see this reality and Jesus for who he really is, God who become man. That’s why Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus, hoping for something to happen. And his sight was restored so he could not only see Jesus for who he is with the eyes of faith, but he could also see him with his physical eyes.
Bartimaeus had the eyes of faith that are able to see beyond the veil that separates this world from the world to come. And Jesus commended him for it, saying “your faith has saved you.” It is faith that saves us.
This reminds me of the teaching of Pope Benedict emeritus who says that “the ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and [each other]. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by [God’s Word]. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime.”
The door of faith allows us to see through the veil that separates this world from the world to come. It allows us to see clearly and be shaped by what is important in life. Faith allows us to see clearly the importance of Jesus in our lives. Jesus is our number 1 priority.
This world is passing away. Let’s make a priority the important things in life. We pray that our faith be like that of Bartimaeus – faith that opens a door within us allowing us to pass through that which separates this world and the world to come and to encounter Jesus to be shaped, transformed and healed by him.