Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"What do you want me to do for you?" The story of Bartimaeus is about disappointment, not wish fulfillment. Sure, Jesus cures one blind guy. But how many in that "sizable crowd" wanted a miracle too? Israel expected the deliverance promised by the prophets, but they weren't going to get that from Jesus either. He must have been one bummer of a dude. No wonder they nailed him to a tree. But that's the real Good News, isn't it? The Way is not some fantasy story for the lucky few, but rather the hidden grace of brokenness, fear, and hope that we all experience. The truth is that God already does for us what we need them to do. We just have to open our eyes and see it.