The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus calls us to discipleship

Categories: Sunday Scripture Reflection,The Word Is Life

In today’s gospel, we encounter Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, sitting at the side of the road as Jesus makes his way to Jerusalem. The road is crowded with people hoping to get close to Jesus. Bartimaeus, hearing that Jesus is passing by, calls out loudly and insistently until Jesus responds. When Jesus calls, Bartimaeus enthusiastically throws off his cloak, springs up, and comes to Jesus.

Because of his blindness, Bartimaeus needs others to lead him through the noisy, chaotic throng of people. On his own, Bartimaeus is unable to find Jesus; he comes to Jesus through others. Changed by his encounter with Jesus, Bartimaeus follows him on the way to Jerusalem and to his passion.

“The way” is another name for discipleship. Following Jesus leads to communion with others and engagement with the world, regardless of the cost. If our faith sits at the roadside, looking blindly inward, it lacks the intentionality of discipleship. Faith that enthusiastically gets up in response to Jesus’ call restores both us and the community. Discipleship is a road traveled through the events of a lifetime.

In the first reading, God promises to gather the broken. We celebrate today’s Eucharist knowing that this promise is fulfilled in Jesus, who calls us out of blindness to discipleship. We celebrate as individuals in community, restored by the great high priest whose way is love.

Louise McEwan

Author: Living with Christ

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