Bartimaeus: Persistence in Prayer | One-Minute Homily

by | Oct 24, 2021 | One-Minute Homily, Videos

Have you ever hesitated to bring your needs to God? Doug Jones, SJ, reflects on Bartimaeus and how he teaches us to boldly approach God with our needs. Based on the readings for Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Never doubt the power of prayer! 

Hi, I’m Doug Jones, and this is my One Minute Reflection.

Have you ever hesitated to bring your needs to God? Surely there are bigger problems in the world, and there are more important things that need God’s attention, right? Maybe you and I should look to today’s Gospel the next time we feel this temptation. 

Bartimaeus keeps calling Jesus, and he doesn’t care what anyone says! He knows what he wants: he wants to see. Jesus readily gives Bartimaeus sight, rewarding him not only for his faith, but for his persistence. 

Nowhere in scriptures or the Church’s tradition does God put a limit on what he will do for us. In the first reading, we hear just the opposite: God is a shepherd and father to Israel. A shepherd lives among the flock and provides watchful care. The first duty of parents is to make sure their children have all they need. 

It’s not for us to place limits on God. God will give us what we need, when we need it.