What do you want me to do for you?

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

If we cant see who we are in the eyes of God, or because if we have been so wounded in our life experience, that we have given up on the hope of being the saints.  Of being excellent and noble and pure, free from unhealthy attachements.  In short, if we have lost the hope to be who we are as children of God then we are like Bartimaeus, on the road, paralyzed and begging.  And Christ comes to give us life, as he comes to give Bartimaeus his life. Because for Bartimaeus receiving sight was to receive a whole new horizon.

Jesus_Heals_Bartimaeus“He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.  Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.”

Ulf Ekman Converts to Roman Catholicism

Ulf Ekman, founder of Word of Life megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden, announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.
Ulf Ekman

We have seen a great love for Jesus and a sound theology, founded on the Bible and classic dogma. We have experienced the richness of sacramental life. We have seen the logic in having a solid structure for priesthood, that keeps the faith of the church and passes it on from one generation to the next. We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion, and a kindness towards the poor and the weak. And, last but not least, we have come in contact with representatives for millions of charismatic Catholics and we have seen their living faith, Ulf Ekman explains.

All this has been both attractive and challenging. It really challenged our protestant prejudices, and we realized that we in many cases did not have any basis for our criticism of them. We needed to know the Catholic faith better. This led us to the realize that it was actually Jesus Christ who led us to unite with the Catholic Church, Ulf Ekman says.

~Ulf Ekman,
Ulf Ekman Ministries Website

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