Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Week 25 in Ordinary Time

& archive, Year B.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
And to learn trust, faith.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice.
Help me to follow you in all of life,
To walk in the joy and freedom of the resurrection,
Indwelt and led by your Pentecost Spirit.
Amen

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Week 25 in Ordinary Time

This long walk south now brings us into the region of Jericho – a walled city about five miles west of the River Jordan. A crowd also walks the road as we come closer to Jerusalem, on its way to celebrate the Passover. Jesus’ presence within this moving stream of men, women, children, excites the hubbub of chatter. So much so that Bartimaeus, a blind beggar who is sitting beside the road hears the noise, and asks what is happening. Some standing nearby tell him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

On hearing this, Bartimaeus begins to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those standing in front try to silence him. They sternly order him to be quiet, as if somehow this blind beggar is to remain silent and invisible, hidden behind these onlookers who know he is there, but deny his presence and need. But Bartimaeus shouts even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

The stream of multitude on the road keeps moving – ignoring the plea of the beggar, but Jesus listens and stands still. Now he speaks an order of his own. Jesus does hear the cry of this man, and orders the people standing nearby to bring Bartimaeus to him. Suddenly, these bystanders do need to notice this beggar who is blind, and to reach out to help him. Now a new order—the way of Jesus–is in effect: the poor, the blind, the unnoticed, the needy are given place, are heard, are helped. And so Bartimaeus is brought to Jesus, who invites him to come near.

If we are to walk in the way of Jesus, then we need to stand still, to listen, to see, and to welcome the presence of persons we otherwise look past, and desire not to notice.
We need to grow in our hospitality of listening – both to their shouts, and to their deeper desires.

For reflection:

Who are the persons or people groups, whose shouts you shut down and avoid?

In what way do you desire to see these persons with the eyes of Jesus, so that
they come into focus, rather than being rendered invisible?

How are you becoming aware of Jesus’ presence with you as you notice, listen, and struggle to respond?

What is Jesus calling you to see, to hear, to offer?

Prayer before reading:
Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us
In the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Help me to be present to you –
To be with you,
To listen –
With the ears of my heart,
To see as you see.
Lead me in your Way.
Amen

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Week 25 in Ordinary Time

  • 10/22 Monday: Mark 10:46-52
  • 10/23 Tuesday: Luke 18:35-43
  • 10/24 Wednesday: Psalm 34:1-8
  • 10/25 Thursday: Jeremiah 31:7-9
  • 10/26 Friday: Hebrews 7:23-28
  • 10/27 Saturday: Mark 10:46-52
  • 10/28 Sunday: Luke 18:35-43