A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
July 11, 2020
“Believing is Seeing!”
October 25, 2015
There's an interesting symbolism in this Sunday's miracle story. Interesting in the fact
that the famous old saying: “Seeing is believing” does a one-eighty and gives us a fresh insight into the nature of Faith as it is reversed to read “Believing is seeing.”
As we know, Saint Thomas initially had a little problem with Jesus' resurrection, however when he saw the wounds he was able to believe. And there is certainly some merit in that process but there is something far more appealing in the experience of dear old Bartimeus. He believed first and then was able to see.
Before this miracle occurs in our gospel, Jesus asks the blind man: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimeus received more than his physical sight. He also received a vision.
How would we respond to Jesus when he asks us: What do you want me to do for you?” What is your heart's desire?
You know, it's not that Jesus doesn't know what we need, but do we know what we really want?
Do we keep our eyes on the goal?
There are a lot of things happening in the next 10 weeks.
1 week from now we'll celebrate All Souls and All Saints Days.
2 ½ weeks from now it's Veterans' Day
4 ½ weeks is Thanksgiving.
5 weeks from today is the beginning of Advent.
6 weeks to the Feast of St. Francis Xavier.
9 weeks from today is Christmas Day.
10 weeks hence we welcome 2016!
With all these things going on it may seem overwhelming at times but let's not lose sight of the goal; ETERNAL LIFE!