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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Allocutio by Fr Frans - 29 May 2008

Let's inaugurate this blog with the latest allocutio from Fr Frans. And let's ask Mamma Mary to pray for the success of the blog :)

Gospel Mark 10:46-52
"And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae'us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae'us, was sitting by the roadside.
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; rise, he is calling you."
And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus.
And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Master, let me receive my sight."
And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

The Gospel reading narrated about the blind beggar at Jericho. Aside from the physical and spiritual blindness depicted, we can think of Jericho symbolic of significant events in the Bible. It is the entrance into 'Light', where Christ started His march to Jerusalem. Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree in order to see Jesus and we also recalled the parable of the Good Samaritan. This light illumined a new life, a rebirth that would remove sins. Jericho paralleled hope as evident in Zacchaeus. Hope in Christ can allow us to see Him so long as we have the humility to be faithful through unceasing prayers.
"That I may see again", for doubts and confusion can be overcome with hope and humility. We can be transformed and see once again if we persevere in seeking Him.

Summary by Sr Therese

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