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A New Vision

Rabboni, the blind man said, **I want to see.** Jesus said in reply, **Be on your way! Your faith has healed you.
Mark 10:46-52 or (Matthew 28:16-20)

Sermon Topic Healing

Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:52


An organist was performing a concert on an antique organ. The bellows were hand-pumped by a boy who was behind a screen, unseen by the audience. The first part of the performance was well received. The audience was thrilled by the organist's ability at the keyboard of that old instrument. After accepting the applause and taking his bows, the musician walked off-stage triumphantly. As he was passing the boy behind the screen he heard him say, "We played well, didn't we?" To which the organist replied, "What do you mean, we?" After the intermission, the organist again seated himself at the console and began to play. But nothing came out. Not a sound! Then the organist heard a voice from behind the screen say, "Now do you know what 'we' means?"

When music comes into our life it is always because someone is pumping the bellows. The blind beggar in today's Gospel Lesson could not restore his own sight. You and I could not give birth to ourselves. We cannot love or be loved in isolation. We are dependent creatures. We cannot manufacture "abundant life" out of our own individual resources.

Everywhere there are people who are in need of healing of one kind or another; physical, emotional, spiritual. You can't heal them, of course. But you can be an instrument of the healing power of God, a channel through which the healing is given. We all know the experience of people coming into our lives who only take from us, and we feel diminished and depleted and broken by their presence. But there are other people who come into our lives who are a healing presence, and we feel restored and renewed and replenished simply by their being with us. Jesus' men and women are called to be that kind of people. We are to be the healing presence in the lives of others wherever we go, Jesus commands. One of the reasons we have come here today is to receive the Grace to be a healing instrument of God. There is really nothing to compare with it: to [...]

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