Prayers Answered

Some weeks ago, one of our former assistants in our shop in the South sent me a request, a cry for help. The message mentioned that the spouse was in need of medicine and treatment, and only one of the couple is employed at the moment. Work is limited because of the number of active CoVid19 cases in the city they’re in. A picture was even sent of how the spouse looked like, and it revealed significant weight loss. I felt God telling me to do something to help.

In the Gospel (Mk. 10: 46-52), Bartimaeus, a blind beggar and the son of Timaeus said on hearing that Jesus was passing by, ‘Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.’

In life’s deepest moments, man’s last resort is to ask for God’s mercy. When one’s hopes seem lost, one humbles himself and cries out to God for His mercy and compassion. There is no other light in that moment of darkness, except that of the Lord, beckoning us to humble ourselves before Him. That is what Bartimaeus saw in Jesus, who he believed can make him see and free of blindness. He clearly knew what he wanted. And Bartimaeus trusted fully that only God has the power to heal him of suffering. His prayer is one that is full of simplicity and humility.

As the prophet Jeremiah said in the First Reading (Jer. 31: 7-9),

They departed in tears, but I will console them and guide themI will lead them to brooks of water, on a level road, so that none shall stumble.”

This Sunday, let us reflect on the need to empty ourselves, to be humble to accept our weaknesses and shortcomings before Him. Let us reflect on the need to be clear and fervent in our prayers, deep enough that we are at the point of longing for His love. We pray and hope that amidst suffering and pain, our prayers will be answered with God’s mercy and compassion.

Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.’ (cf. Tm.1:10)

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