Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
An Unexpected Disciple
Jer 31:7-9/ Heb 5:1-6 / Mk 10:46-52
Today’s Gospel does not refer to Bartimaeus as a disciple, but he sure has all the makings of a great one! He has persistent faith in Jesus’ ability to heal him on the spot. When he learns that Jesus is coming, his response is immediate — there is no hesitation on his part. He knew exactly what healing he needed, and he asked for it directly. He was ignorant of who, exactly, Jesus was, but he had faith in what Jesus could do. He moved from need to gratitude to loyalty, and in this we see the progression of a perfect steward. Today, let us examine our own discipleship in light of this Gospel. Do I also recognize my specific needs, take them to Jesus without hesitation, and trust Him to heal me? Do I encourage others to do the same?