Revelation 1:1-4, 2:1-5; Psalm 1; Luke 18:35-43
We are at the last week before we celebrate the last Sunday of the liturgical year, which is the Solemnity of Chris the King. This is why our readings point to the end time or the time when Jesus is about to ascend to Jerusalem. The Book of Revelation is difficult to read because it contains symbolism that are difficult to decipher. It fits its title because no one can truly interpret this without God’s revelation. There are many who interpret what is written literally, applying them to 21st century events. We need to remember that the book was written at the end of the 1st century and it was written to address some issues at that time. The Book begins with seven letters to the seven churches around the Mediterranean region.
The letter in today’s First Reading is interesting because it speaks of what the Church in Ephesus does right: they work hard, they endure patiently, they cannot tolerate evildoers and even exposed false apostles. But Jesus says I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. All the actions this Church did were right. But these were not done in love of God. Our good works must be based on our faith and love for God. Blind obedience or going through the motions is not enough. Our love for God must give us the zeal to do what he says.
This is what happened in the Gospel today. The followers of Jesus heard this blind man calling out to Jesus and those in front sternly ordered him to be quiet. The followers should be glad people want to see Jesus, yet, they were more interested in clearing the way of Jesus than to let people see him. Luke did not say Jesus heard him. Instead, Luke said Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him. Jesus already heard the man. Jesus stopped and called the man over to heal him. Jesus hears us even if we see people or events preventing us from seeing Jesus.
We probably need to look and ask ourselves, why am I doing my ministry? Is it just a duty I have to do? Or am I doing this because I love Jesus?
Lord, let me see you and teach me to love you. Let my zeal be rooted in my love for you and not on something else.