201501025 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Oct 20, 2015, 11:20 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 9:29 PM ]

Gospel of Mark 10: 46-52

Erin's Reflection

In this week's gospel, a blind man, Bartimaeus, asks Jesus to have pity on him and tells Him he wants to see. Bartimaeus was persistent in calling out to Jesus. What resonated with me the most in this passage is when Jesus said, "'Go your way; your faith has saved you.' Then Jesus gave him sight and Bartimaeus followed Him."

It is easy to pray to God and ask God for things. It is also easy to fall into a state of doubt when we think our prayers are not answered. It is easy to be controlling of our own lives, but when we surrender to God it means that we rely on faith alone because whoever follows Him will be saved. I can keep asking for my family to be in a better place over and over, and I will continue to pray to God and trust in Him that it does get better because I know that God has a plan for me. Even through all the bad times He is always good. In times of stress, I have to tell myself to put myself in God's hands knowing that good will soon come. Bartimaeus put his faith in Jesus and followed Him. That is one thing I strive to do better: to be persistent yet intentional in my prayers and to keep surrendering myself to God because although it may not seem like things are going well, He is preparing me for better plans.

Teddy's Reflection

I think this Sunday’s gospel speaks volumes about prayer and the presence of Jesus in our lives. In society today, so many different aspects of life can bring us down, stress us out, and leave us feeling discouraged. I often see young people worrying endlessly about school, not doing well in their extracurricular activities, and feeling like they don’t fit in. I see young adults struggling to work and pay for college while maintaining good grades. I see parents and grandparents getting laid off and having a difficult time finding new jobs. Life is full of challenges, but how do we respond?

I think we can each learn something from Bartimaeus, the blind man in today’s gospel. I’m sure that many of the people in the crowd at Jericho had needs, but Bartimaeus was not afraid to speak up and call out to Jesus, even while others criticized him telling him to stop. For that, Jesus healed Bartimaeus and said, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”

We are all challenged to have faith like Bartimaeus, who doesn’t just HAVE faith, but he SPEAKS and ACTS on that faith. If you’re going through some rough patches in life, take some time to pause, reflect, and call out to Jesus. Set aside time to pray, and have a conversation with Jesus about what you need at the moment. I’ve experienced firsthand how powerful a simple prayer can be, and the amazing miracles that it can bring.

Something I’ve learned through CCD, Youth Ministry, and Confirmation at St. Anne is that Jesus is a constant presence in our lives, especially through the people that surround us. Jesus can be your friend that notices something is bothering you and asks if you’re okay. He can be the coworker that offers to cover your shift during a hectic week. He can be the barista at Starbucks who makes you a free drink. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask those around you, because Jesus constantly acts through these people in our lives. On the other hand, I think we are also called to be Jesus for one another. If you notice a friend, coworker, or family member struggling, offer some encouragement, advice, or just a smile. No kind gesture is too small, and it can even help heal someone who really needs it.