30 Sunday of Ordinary Time
Scripture: Mark 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, Jesus 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.
When we read the Gospels, we see that people encountered Jesus in many different ways. Some seek him out to question him like John the Baptist's disciples or the rich young man. Some come to him seeking a healing like the Roman centurion. Some have Jesus sweep unexpectedly into their life like the woman caught in adultery. Many of the Apostles are called out of their normal lives by Jesus himself.
Bartimaeus, a blind man in Jericho may be one of the most vivid encounters in the Gospels. He himself does not even know that Jesus is close until he has nearly passed by. But when he hears it is Jesus, he cries out for Jesus over and over again above the noise of the bustling crowd and despite the disapproval of the people around him. When he gets his moment with the Lord, he seizes it. Jesus calls Bartimaeus to him. Bartimaeus wants to see - and he does. And he follows after Jesus.
Some people today due to their circumstances will only encounter Jesus in passing. But for those who have hope and cry out for his healing presence, they will find their lives changed in an instant. And for the rest of us, Bartimaeus makes us ask ourselves whether we make the most of our own many chances to let the Lord heal us. By Scott Salvato - Director of Campus Ministries - Molloy College
Saint of the Day: St. Tabitha - Widow of Joppa
St. Tabitha - Widow of Joppa (in modern Israel), who was mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (9:36-42) as one who "was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving." She fell ill and died and was raised from the dead by St. Peter. Tabitha is sometimes called Dorcas.
Faith Molloy is a collaboration of the Office of Advancement and the Office of Campus Ministries.
Listen to Him (Mark, Chapter 11), Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.