THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Also Read: Mass Readings for 24 October 2021
First Reading: Jeremiah 31: 7-9
With weeping, they shall come and with consolations, I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. (9)
The Lord is calling us back to his fold. If we return with repentant hearts and tears in our eyes, GOD himself will console us! As we muster the courage to walk by his light, we can see his miracles occurring each day in our lives today! Praise God!
Harden not your hearts brethren, if you hear HIM speak to you! The Lord GOD himself awaits you. There are pathways being opened as we take each step toward him. Be strong and be bold for the Lord goes with you! (Deut 31:6)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 126: 1- 6
Seeds to Sheaves!
Those who go out weeping to bear the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. (6)
The gift that the Lord grants us at our repentance is the gift of faith! We ought to nurture that seed-sized faith so that rejoicing we will reap the fruits of our toils! Amen!
Second Reading: Hebrews 5: 1-6
Authority and Humility
He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward since he himself is subject to weakness. (2)
In this little verse, the author is referring to the chosen high priest from among mortals. Yet this also applies to anyone in authority. Whether a corporate magnate or the head of a family, the way to deal with those under one’s authority; is through humility and gentleness!
May we realize how weak, we ourselves are before we rise to lead others! Amen!
Gospel: Mark 10: 46-52
My teacher, let me see again!
Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” (51)
This story about Bartimaeus is an outstanding example of deep faith! The blind man had already felt in his heart the calling to follow Christ, even as he heard stories about him. Therefore, before he could actually ‘see’ Jesus; he had seen him in his heart as his personal savior and teacher. Only then can anyone call out in such confidence and bravery. And the Lord of All would surely know what Bartimaeus needed, yet he asked him! Well, we ought to surrender our requests to God first. We ought to submit in humility to his power. This can only be done through our faith!
Jesus said to him, “Go your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. (52)
The imagery of a prodigal returning to the father and while they are still a long way off, The Father himself runs toward his returning child; looms large around here! Bartimaeus felt it, recognized it, and immediately took action in crying out with all his might. He knew that the Lord is near and will hear him! The Lord is near, today ever-present in our storms! Do we call out to him?
Have some of us regained our ‘sight’? Like Bartimaeus can we throw off our one possession -the cloak and respond to the Lord’s Call? Are we able to follow HIM on the Way? Do we have the faith of the blind beggar, Bartimaeus?