“The (secular) world can easily convince us that it has the power to determine the value of human life. That is as long as we’re able to be productive and find our way, be successful, our life has value.
If we’re broken, vulnerable ,or less whole, then our value decreases. Conversations, especially with those who are aging, find them facing a great level of anxiety. Who will take care of me? If I advance in age, will I be wanted any longer? Inwardly, we know and we want to have value. Inwardly, we know that there’s more to life than just what we see. Sometimes all we want is to be seen.”
The story of Bartimaeus, the blind man in this week’s Gospel, shows the power of knowing that one of us has God-given value that ever cannot be taken away – even when the world tries to tell us otherwise. Listen to Father Mark’s powerful sermon on that topic here.