HOMILY FOR 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
THEME: BE FOCUSED DESPITE THE OBSTACLES
Beloved in Christ, today Mother Church invites us to reflect on how we can live a fulfilled Christian life inspite of the challenges and the obstacles we face.
Therefore, while acknowledging the existence of these challenges, the word of God using Bartimaeus’ example tells us that to overcome these challenges and the obstacles to faith, we need to keep our focus on Jesus and allow ourselves not to be distracted.
Remember, when Bartimaeus called out to Jesus, the people around him told him to keep quiet but ignoring them, he shouted the more. Sadly, today, for some of us our failure to lead a consistent and committed Christian life is because we are paying attention to the many comments we’re hearing instead of keeping our focus on Jesus.
Like Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, we are called to accept our situation in life and also hope that God can change it for His glory. Bartimaeus overcame a barrier in order to gain access to Jesus, yet he did not give up. He continued shouting and moving forward until Jesus heard his cry. His example should encourage us to resolve not to be discouraged in the face of our own challenges.
Beloved, most Christians today find it difficult looking beyond the obstacles on the journey of faith, to the extent that some are even willing to let go of the faith. This was however, not the case with Bartimaeus, for even when the crowd saw him as worthless , he was not deterred. His need of healing was his determination and no amount of insults or shouting could derail him.
This also reminds us of what the Christian journey should be. In fact a journey of overcoming obstacles and challenges. It is equally evidently clear that it is the people who don’t know our true story who will always speak ill about us so as to prevent us from focusing on Jesus.
Let us resolve and know why we are seeking and yearning for a relationship with Jesus. This is what will help us to answer the question” what do you want”.