Homily of Monday of the 33rd in ordinary time year A, on the theme, “meeting the Healer and the Messiah”, by Fr Oluwafemi Victor Orilua CSSp. Ref. 1Maccabees 1:10-15,41-43,54-57,62-64, Luke 18:35-43
We do not need to believe in God to get miracle. If we have faith in whatever we submit ourselves to, we can easily tap into the miraculous. Faith is an inner thing. However, there is risk in searching for miracle from where we cannot get salvation. Hence, we become powerful when we allow God to dwell in us so that he leads us to believe in the author of all miracles. He is the only one who can save the body and the soul.
Today’s gospel presents to us a blind man who only heard of Jesus, the son of David. He has heard that he performs miracles and he simply believed that he could hear him, He shouted, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” “ _The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied, ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned, and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened.”_
If the blind man could believe in Jesus as the Son of David, what if he knew him as the Messiah? With his little knowledge of him, he believed that he could change his condition for the better. This is a call for reflection for us as people who proclaim Jesus as the Lord. How much faith do we have in him? If our faith does not go beyond the faith of this man, we may fall for only what works. Some things may work for us but cannot save us.
We are saved if our miracle worker is the Messiah. We pray that God should help faith and that we may believe in the power of Jesus to heal and to save. Amen.