The Gospel of Luke wants to show us that the coming of Jesus would transform all of human life. That was good news indeed.
Some of the obstacles to the coming of the Kingdom seem overwhelming. The evil that confronts us in the world is formidable.
If the final revelation of the kingdom demands our vigilance, so does the day-to-day unfolding of that same reality: God is at work all around us.
Jesus has come to reveal the truth about God, and to invite us into his reign--which is not of this world.
The end of all things must wait until the gospel is proclaimed to the ends of the earth--a task still in process today.
It's important for each of us in the community to share generously in order for the Church to do the work of the Kingdom.
If we focus on God first, then on loving others because of our relationship with God, we'll have our priorities straight.
Our deepest wishes, our courage when we take a risk, the generosity we feel in response to God's grace, are all inside of us like they were in Blind Bartimaeus.
The disciples' humanness gives us hope that God will work in our lives and patiently remind us that true greatness comes through serving others.
To take the risk of letting go in a society that promotes conspicuous consumption is indeed an impossible task without God's help.