On this final Sunday of our mouth dedicated to the protection of the dignity of human life, the overall theme these past couple weeks the theme of my homilies can be summed up by one word…generosity. Brothers and sisters generosity can be expressed by us in so many different ways and not just by simply getting out our checkbooks and our wallets.
Although we ourselves may abandon the Lord for a time, it is good for all of us to know that the Lord doesn’t abandon us. We hear from the prophet Jeremiah, “The LORD has delivered His people, the remnant of Israel.” In the Gospel from Mark we have the healing of the blind man, illustrating for us the generosity of our Lord Jesus Christ by bringing this man healing by giving him the gift of sight. The blind man in the Gospel account in many ways represents us. Truth is there is a lot we need to learn about what it means to be generous. Jesus Himself was generous to offer the blind man healing but the blind man Himself was also generous. You might be thinking…how…and the answer is simple…the blind man was generous in putting his faith and trust in the Lord. A few weeks ago I talked about the subject of greed in my homily. Greed is a selfish desire of wanting more of something than is truly necessary. Another way to think about it is as wanting to keep everything to ourselves. We try to do that with our pains and sufferings trying to handle everything on our own. Isn’t that in a way an example of greed? The blind man is an example for us as a concrete witness of what it means to be generous in our trust. He was persistent in faith and the Lord recognized and rewarded him for it.
In light of our responsorial psalm for today which says, “the Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy” I want us to go home and think about all that the Lord has done for us and is continuing to do for us on a daily basis. This leads us to the next theme in which I will be basing and focusing my homilies in the next couple weeks…the theme of thanksgiving. October was the month of generosity…November is the month of thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God for all that He has done and continues to do for us. All too often we don’t give God the credit and thanks that He rightly deserves. Throughout the last couple weeks I have addressed the topics in relations to the pro-life movement, the vocation to the sacraments of marriage, priesthood and religious life, the missions, and this week not only the generosity of the Lord to heal the blind man but also the blind man’s example of generosity shown by His willingness to trust the Lord. While we have many gifts many of us in one way shape or form are struggling. Each one of us can bring the healing presence of Jesus Christ to each other. However, we need to be open to receiving it. Today look to the generosity of the blind man, may we ourselves generously open our hearts to the Lord placing our faith and trust in Him.