"Seeing" is a symbol of Faith

October 28, 2018

Our current liturgical cycle, Year B, will conclude the end of November. The new cycle, Year C, will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, which is December 2nd.

We dedicate the entire month of November to praying for all who have gone before us. Please bring pictures of your loved ones for the Remembrance Banners and place them in the baskets at the entrances of the church. You can also email them to info@saintmartinoftours.com. We have All Souls Mass Cards available if you wish to use them.

The Feast of All Saints on November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Feast of All Souls on November 2nd is not a Holy Day of Obligation. Our full schedule of events during November and December is included in the bulletin, and on our website: www.saintmartinoftours.com.

“Seeing” is a symbol of faith. Unlike James and John, who feel entitled to sit on the right and left of Jesus, Bartimaeus, although physically blind, can “see” Jesus much more clearly. Instead of asking for glory and power, he simply seeks Divine mercy and healing. His faith leads Bartimaeus to believe that Jesus can give him his sight, and once Jesus heals him, that faith is expressed in his willingness to follow Jesus “on the way,” which is discipleship.

There is a story, believed to be true, about Abraham Lincoln, just before the close of the Civil War. Landowners in the Deep South were cutting their losses, liquidating their slaves before slavery was banned, and President Lincoln came upon a slave auction in progress. A young girl was placed upon the auction block, in front of all the bidders and gawkers. With defiance and disdain, the woman scanned the crowd, daring someone to start the bidding. Lincoln did - and when he won the bid and took possession of the young woman, she was belligerent. "What are you going to do with me?" she asked. "I'm going to set you free," the president answered. "Set me free? What do you mean, 'Set me free?' Free for what?" Abraham Lincoln said, "Free. Free to do what you want to do. Free to go where you want to go." The astonished woman replied, "Then I choose to go with you."

May we realize that we are enslaved by our blindness. May we recognize that Jesus will restore our sight, freeing our faith and, like Bartimaeus, may we go with Jesus on the journey of discipleship.

Kathryn Richards