Respond to God's Graces urgently! Luke 18:31-43

This Gospel from this past Sunday, Quinquagesima Sunday, was from Luke 18:31-43 part of which is the story of Bartimeus the blind man of Jericho, the son of Timeus. 

"Now it came to pass, when he drew nigh to Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the way side, begging. And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.  And he cried out, saying: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. And they that went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought unto him. And when he was come near, he asked him, Saying; What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: Lord, that I may see. And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight: thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he saw and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God." 

The Navarre Biblical commentary had an excellent insight, from St. Augustine, about this passage. Respond to God's special Graces urgently because we don't know when they will be offered again!

"The blind man of Jericho is quick to use the opportunity presented by Christ’s presence. We should not neglect the Lord’s graces, for we do not know whether he will offer them to us again. St Augustine described very succinctly the urgency with which we should respond to God’s gift, to his passing us on the road: “Timeo Jesum praetereuntem et non redeuntem: I fear Jesus may pass by and not come back.” For, at least on some occasion, in some way, Jesus passes close to everyone." (Anon, 2005. Saint Luke’s Gospel, Dublin; Scepter Publishers.)

image via Public Domain. Horne, C. & Bewer, J., 1909. The Bible and its Story