20181028 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Unwavering Faith

In this Sunday’s gospel, a blind man, Bartimaeus, begs Jesus as he is leaving Jericho, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Despite being rebuked and told to be quiet by the people around me, Bartimaeus persists. His persistence and simple request from Jesus to restore his vision are met with a miracle.

To us today, it is no surprise that Jesus could perform such a miracle. In fact, we expect nothing less from Him. At this time, however, we have to remember that there were many that doubted Jesus, so Bartimaeus’s persistence, despite his suffering, speaks volumes about his unwavering faith in the Son of God. Jesus himself says to him, “Your faith has healed you.”

There are so many things today that attempt to rebuke us or silence our faith. They may be external things in the form of other people or events that cause us suffering. They may be internal in the form of doubt that we all experience. Even folks who seem to have the strongest faith will question that faith when experiencing hardship. But we can all learn from Bartimaeus a very important lesson about the miracles that are possible through strong and persistent faith. When we are suffering or experiencing difficulties, it often feels like the end of that suffering is nowhere in sight. It is during times like this that it is most important for us to cling to our faith the way that Bartimaeus does. 

Best,
Corinna

Readings at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102818.cfm

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm: Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-6
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52

 

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