Lord, help me to never give up calling out to YOU!
30th Week in Ordinary Time (B) : Sunday 24th October 2021
Jer. 31:7-9; Ps. 125:1-3,4-5,6;
Heb. 5:1-6; Mk. 10:46-52 (Ps Wk II)
Most of Jeremiah’s prophecies were gloomy and grim. He warned the people unless they repented, they would be conquered and driven into exile. And that is what happened. But he also followed this with a vision of wild rejoicing and hope. God would eventually gather them together and lead them all back. We never need to lose hope, for God never abandons us.
Jesus became the eternal high priest by his willingness to face suffering, temptation, and vulnerability. He endured and overcame it all. Jesus is able to be compassionate and understanding with us because of his own experience. We always have one to whom we can turn and be supported.
Bartimaeus’ world consisted of the bits of conversations he heard as people walked by. He often heard the name of Jesus and accounts of his deeds. When Jesus approached, he began to cry out for healing. People tried to silence him, but he would not cease crying out. Jesus stopped and asked the man what he wanted Jesus to do for him. He wanted to see – that should have been obvious – but Jesus always respects human freedom. His persistence and faith set him free. We should never give up calling out to the Lord.
Lord, may I always be compassionate with others. Amen.