The LORD is the Deliverer of his people

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion for October 25, 2015

Clergy Corner for October 25, 2015, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

The LORD is the Deliverer of his people. From exile and entrapment in a pagan world, he sets them free and gathers them into his household, to care for them personally. He gathers them all, the blind and the lame, parents, youth, and expectant mothers who have been blessed by God with a child in their womb (Jer 31:7-9). For this he deserves praise and fidelity (e.g., Ps 126:1-6).

God's deliverance of the Israelites from more than one captivity was a precursor to the ultimate deliverance of his people: that effected by Christ, when He conquered the ruler of this world and brought all who believe in and are baptized in Him into the Kingdom and household of God, His Church.

Christ the Lord came to set captives free. When He healed physical ills, He demonstrated His ultimate plan and His divine power: to heal spiritually, to set free –- from the greatest bondage of all –- every person who comes to Him in humble supplication.

The blind man, Bartimaeus, represents all afflicted people, and since the inception of original sin, all people are born blind to God and to the spiritual dimension of life. Jesus came to open our eyes –- that we may see the way we are meant to be, know the truth about our relationship with God, self, and others, and understand the divine life that God wants to share with us.

The Lord Jesus Himself is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the divine and human embodiment of all we were created to be and of the new life available to His followers. As we follow Him and His teachings, the divine dimension of life becomes an ever greater reality for us.

The Lord Jesus wants all people to rise up and come to Him, that He may open each one's eyes to His marvelous, divine will. United to Christ, we are privileged to share in His mission to help change the world, which sorely needs to know His loving plan for welfare and not for woe.

May Christ open our eyes to see Him more clearly and to know and to follow His loving will ever more closely.

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