October 28, 2012 – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52
In today’s gospel, we learn an incredible lesson about what happens when we act out in faith, even amidst opposing people.
The blind man (Bartimaeus) called out to Jesus, because he knew that Christ could heal Him, and He believed that Christ would. He had faith. And even when people around him tried to hush him, the man was not deterred. He continued to cry out with courage and conviction.
In turn, Jesus gave the man his sight back, and the gospel tells us that the man then followed Jesus “on the way.”
Christian discipleship begins with a faith response to Jesus. He has called us to Himself, and we must choose how we will respond. We must take ownership of the faith He has blessed us with and choose to live in faith, to live for Him — even when we face opposition.
We give Jesus our lives. We live boldly and courageously, giving our time, talents and treasure to serve Him, because, like Bartimaeus, we believe!