Reflecting on this week Gospel’s reading, the first thing that came into my mind when I read it and let it sink in was: have I had the faith of Bartimaeus to have the courage to ask God to help me? Do I have the courage to always let God be there with me through all the steps of my life? I find this touching and a point of reflection for me, as life gets so busy that sometimes I forget the meaning of faith itself.
This week’s reading tells us about a blind man, Bartimaeus, who asked Jesus for help so that he can see. He kept asking even though he could not see Jesus, he kept on shouting even though a lot of people told him to be quiet, and at last, Jesus noticed him and called him, and asked him what he wants. He responded he wanted to see, and Jesus said “Go your way; your faith has saved you”. From this, we can see that no matter what the circumstances are, Bartimaeus kept on having faith, being persistent, and knew that God will listen, God will provide what he needs.
I believe everyone has their own portion of a problem, and we sometimes forget that God is with us all the time. When we ask Him for help, and don’t get the answer immediately we might feel sad, see ourselves as being left all alone and abandoned. This is where faith plays a very big part, when we pray and keep being persistent about it, like Bartimaeus, we reground ourselves in our faith that no matter what the outcome, that God is with us, has not abandoned us, and desires the best for us. This faith in God’s presence and love will help us get through each and every problem we encounter.
As a person of faith, we go through each day and encounter different problems, and hope that God will walk with us every single step of the way. The question for us to consider is: have we included God in our daily life and let His way be the way for us? Are we as persistent as Bartimaeus with his faith, believing that God will draw near to us to help us?
~ Alberta Wendy Sunanda, Class of 2022, BA in Business Administration, Finance Major