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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Jer 31:7-9; Hebr 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, he is calling you." 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. Mk 10:46-52

** Do we recognize and identify the blindness within us that needs to be healed? Do we turn to Jesus and say, “Master, I want to see” (Mk 10:51)?

** In our experience of blindness and hopelessness, do we have the courage and the faith to cry out with Bartimaeus: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me” (Mk 10:47)?

** When Jesus sees us by the wayside and calls us to himself, what is our response? Do we throw aside the cloak of our old habits, get up, and run to meet him? Do we follow him on the way?

Master, I want to see! Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!

Lord Jesus, we are blind. We are blinded by the visible, which prevents us from grasping the invisible.

Lord Jesus, we close our eyes to our paschal destiny and the radical demands of your discipleship. We acknowledge our blindness. We turn to you for inner healing and for the light of faith.

Lord Jesus, you are good and compassionate. You are the healer of all our infirmities. You are our Master, the kindly Light to lead us on the way from Jericho to Jerusalem, to the saving way of the Cross. Enlighten the eyes of our faith.

Master, I want to see! Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!

By Tom Raleigh



 

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