One with Blind Bartimaeus
Divine wisdom gently coaxes us to submit to being purified of self, to being comforted in our helplessness and poverty; it persuades us to surrender control, and to abandon ourselves blindly to love. Without such a period of prayer it is hardly possible for our faith in the sacraments to have the depth that will enable us to receive them fruitfully. Nor is it likely that we shall recognize and respond to God’s self-gift in the hum-drum of our daily life.
Our senses do not necessarily support our life of faith; on the contrary they can shout denial. God longs for us to live by the faith of Jesus. We are blind; such is the fallen human condition. We do not “see” God, but Jesus does. God has made him our wisdom. We choose to live by his “knowing” the Father, his faith—a faith that was expressed in total abandonment to his Father and a trust in him throughout all life’s vicissitudes, and supremely in his acceptance of death by crucifixion. The “immeasurable greatness of his power” by which God the Father accomplished the exaltation of Jesus is now at work in us who believe (Ephesians 1:17-23). We are enabled to live our lives in this certitude all the time, not just sometimes—and not just in some matters, but in all.