30th Sunday of Year B
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BFirst Reading: Jer 31:7-9Second Reading: Heb 5:1-6Gospel Reading: Mk 10:46-52 This Sunday’s Readings show that God is compassionate: he wants to save us. …
FATHER VICENT HAWKSWELL
BC CATHOLIC | 2021
This Sunday’s Readings show that God is compassionate: he wants to save us. Unfortunately, what Jesus said about hell makes many people think that God delights in punishment; the commandments make them think that God, and the Catholic Church, deliberately make salvation difficult.
For example, said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, they think that the Church, “with all her commandments and prohibitions,” turns love to bitterness, stopping us just when it offers us a “foretaste of the divine.”
No. Hell means separation from God. It is not an arbitrary punishment for sin, as when a parent stops a child’s allowance because he did not tidy his room. Rather, it is the natural consequence of sin, as when a student has to repeat a course because he has neglected his studies.
Fr. Michael Chua
KUALA LUMPUR | 2018
Today, the gospel presents us with the familiar story of the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus. It is an important story because it is the last healing miracle to be recorded by St Mark in his gospel and it comes after Jesus’ triple prediction of His passion, death and resurrection, and at the end of the lessons given by our Lord to his disciples on the theme of discipleship. Thus, the story of Bartimaeus serves as a conclusion to our Lord’s catechesis on both His mission and that of His disciples. The clue to understanding this story is found at the end, where our Lord names faith as what impels Bartimaeus. The rest of the story shows us what that faith is.
Bartimaeus alone grasps who Jesus is. So far, no one else in Mark has been able to perceive so much about Jesus from so little data. The title Bartimaeus uses, “Son of David,” appears only here in Mark. It is a Messianic title (earlier, St Peter had identified our Lord as the Messiah, but his understanding fell short of Jesus’ mission and role).
FR. AUSTIN FLEMING
A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS | 2018
As you can plainly see, I have corrected vision.
I can, of course, see without my glasses –
but without them I don’t see very well:
I don’t see very clearly and what I do see is out of focus.
In fact, I wear tri-focals and I wear them all the time:
one third of my lens helps me see you and things at a distance,
another third helps me read a computer screen or newspaper;
and another third helps me read a book sitting on the altar
or my homily here at the ambo.
But even with my glasses on,
I can still make the prayer of Bartimaeus my own:
“Lord, I want to see!”
I can pray as Bartimaeus prayed
because I know that my vision,
in many important ways,
needs even more correction than my glasses offer me.
I can pray as Bartimaeus did because I know how often
my inner vision is unclear, blurry, out of focus.
You might say that sometimes my inner vision
MSGR. JOSEPH PELLEGRINO
DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG | 2021
In the light of the baseball season in the middle of the playoffs, I thought I’d begin with a little story that combines sports and one of the themes of today’s Gospel.
There was an elderly lady named Miss Nancy Jones, who lived in a small Midwestern community. She had the notoriety of being the oldest resident of the town. She was well into her nineties. No one knew of a time that she wasn’t in the town. But no one really knew her. She was very much a loner. She wouldn’t let anyone know her. She didn’t want to bet be bothered with people. She felt it was just too risky. You can get hurt when you deal with people, you know. She would do her shopping, and talk to as few people as possible. She rarely opened her door for anyone. Sometimes people left her a note inviting her to Thanksgiving Dinner, or a Church social or something, but she would just ignore the invitation. Well, one day someone noticed that her newspapers had piled up on her doorstep. He called the police to investigate, and, sadly, they found that poor old Miss Jones died.
FR. GEORGE SMIGA
BUILDING ON THE WORD | 2003
What if you could live your life over? What if you had a second chance to live life again? What would you change? What you keep the same? Or to put it terms of today’s gospel, what would you want to see differently?
The cry of Bartimaeus in today’s gospel is “Lord, I want to see.” If that cry were to become true for you, what would you want to see? Father William Bausch in a beautiful essay on the Bartimaeus story suggests that there are three things we would want to see differently: (1) relationships, (2) the overlooked and (3) the hints of God’s grace in our lives.
The first thing Fr. Bausch says we would want to see differently is what our heart has always told us is true: that relationships are the most important part of life. This would lead us to ask ourselves why we allowed the madness of individualism and consumerism to get ahead of our relationships? Why did we allow our careers and our schedules, our entertainment and our desire to accumulate things push the people in our lives to the side? When we look at our lives, all to often our most important relationships—the relationships between husband and wife, children and parents, and friends—are not as treasured as we know they should be. We don’t eat together, we don’t take time for the people we love. Yet, in our most sober moment we know that nothing is more important than our relationships. Then why don we see it?
FR. JOHN KAVANAUGH, SJ
SUNDAY WEB SITE | 1997
I was once invited to give a series of meditations to a group of sisters who were new novices in a rather strict—some would call it conservative—community. I made an early mistake. One of the first things I proposed to the young gathering was my conviction that fear was not the best way to approach God, especially if we are followers of Christ. In fact, I said, it seems that fear has very little place in our relationship to God.
As we see in the prophecy of Jeremiah, God wants us to shout for joy. We are delivered, gently gathered from the ends of the earth, with all the others of our motley kind, neither seeing straight nor walking tall. We may have had our tears, but our God wants to console and guide us, to lead us to refreshing waters. God is a parent to us. What use is there to fear a parent unless that parent is not very good? And surely God is good. We are like God’s “firstborn.” Why would we live in fear of God?
30th Sunday of Year B
GOD HEALS OUR BLINDNESS
SOURCE: THE WORD EXPOSED (2018)
The Pittsburgh Oratory
WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU?
SOURCE: Homily Archive
Homily for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time preached by Father Joshua Kibler, C.O. at The Pittsburgh Oratory.
OFFER UP SACRIFICES FOR THE HOLY SOULS OF PURGATORY
Fr. Larry Swink, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Plata, MD talks about what he’s planning for this weekend’s homily.
SOURCE: SUNDAY GAME PLAN (2018)
FR. JUDE LANGEH, CMF
“MASTER, LET ME SEE AGAIN”
John Michael Talbot
THE OLDER I GET, THE MORE I REALIZE HOW LITTLE I SEE
30th Sunday of Year B
BASILICA OF THE NATIONAL SHRINE
Celebrant & Homilist: Rev. Robert Cilinski
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30th Sunday of Year B
Friends, in today’s Gospel, we hear the marvelous story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus—an icon of tremendous power and a sacred picture of the spiritual life and the process of salvation. We all find ourselves, in our need of Christ, in this image, as our own blindness distorts our vision of spiritual reality and the meaning of life.
Sunday Podcast Archive
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 28, 2018
Our first reading from the prophet Jeremiah treats of a theme that is basic throughout the Bible: the motif of the return from exile. Like two great hinges on which the Old Testament turns are the stories of Exodus and Exile. Israel finds itself enslaved in Egypt, but God liberates the people; later, the northern tribes are carried off by the Assyrians; and later still, the southern tribes are carried off by the Babylonians. But exile was also a kind of spiritual metaphor, a trope for having wandered far from the Lord.
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 25, 2015
The story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus is a spiritual icon of enormous power. Bartimaeus is evocative of anyone who, aware of his sin, blindness, and incapacity, hears the summons of Jesus to come into the Church, the place where vision will be restored.
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 28, 2012
This Sunday’s Gospel presents the extraordinary story of Christ’s healing Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus is blind. Christ gives him not only the ability to see the world, but to see the world anew through the revelation of his Grace. The Christian way of life is best described as a new way of seeing and it is through this vision, illuminated by the light of Christ, that we are invited to know and see the world as God in Christ intends.
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 25, 2009
The story of Bartimeaus is a model of the spiritual journey. The desire for Christ engenders in us spiritual healing, which is delivered in a profound illumination of Christ’s identity, the acceptance of which leads us into the Church.
Friends, a couple years ago, there was a poll conducted in Great Britain that revealed that the majority of people there feel that Jesus was not a real, historical figure, but rather more of a mythic character. There are all kinds of spiritual systems that trade in mythic language bearing spiritual truths—but that’s not what Christianity is.
30th Sunday of Year B
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, shares thoughts on preaching pro-life on the 30th Sunday of Year B.
Father Frank Pavone
THE PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
SOURCE: Priests for Life
Life Issues Homilies
Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
To follow Jesus means to reflect in our own lives His passion and death. Since the roots of our blindness are found in our pride and egoism or selfishness, the only adequate way to expose these roots to the light of the truth is through the suffering and humiliation we go through.
Bartimaeus was telling his grandchildren about that miracle by the road and how he became a disciple. It made such a joyful difference in his life. On the other hand, the rich young man who was a good man has become a respected elder in his community, with loving children and grandchildren. But every time he tells the story about meeting Jesus on the road, he shakes his head and says, ” I could have joined the band of disciples.”
If we want to be true followers of Jesus, our faith must be like Bartimaeus’. When we ask the Lord for guidance and help, we must be prepared to accept whatever the answer will be even if it is not the answer we expected,
We do not need calamities and catastrophes to motivate us to put our sense of values in order. We can ask ourselves now about what really matters in our life. Like Bartimaeus, we can pray for that which we really need and is really important.
Every one of us lives in circumstances that give us the opportunity to love others with supernatural charity, to smile at others and rejoice in them for God’s sake, and in doing so channel that divine love to them. That’s what it means to proclaim the good news.
The outcome of our national elections does not decide our salvation. Our opposition to intrinsic evil does, particularly upholding traditional marriage, the dignity of human conception and the protection of the life of the unborn child. Evil of such magnitude trumps and far outweighs any and all other considerations. We can not be so blind to the truth and not “cry out and say . . . with courage” as did Bartimaeus: Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me . . . I want to see.
In this exchange with an earnest and well-meaning scribe, Jesus teaches the scribe, and us, not only what is the greatest commandment, but what is the one overarching purpose of every commandment.