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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1JER 31:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst,
the mothers and those with child;
they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
Ephraim is my first-born.

Responsorial PsalmPS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Reading 2HEB 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
You are my son:
this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place:
You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.

AlleluiaCF. 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

Reflection on the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
[October 28, 2018]
Mark 10:46-52

“Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mk. 10:47)

bartimaeusI made my religious vow more than eight years ago with 12 other Dominican brothers. One of the most touching moments within this rite of the religious profession was when Fr. Provincial asked us, “What do you seek?” and we all prostrated, kiss the ground, and declared, “God’s mercy and yours!” After a brief moment, Fr. Provincial asked us to stand, and we began professing our vows before him.  As I recall this defining moment in my life, I am pondering in my heart, “Why it has to be mercy?” Why do we not choose other Christian virtues? Why not fortitude, one of the cardinal virtues in the Christian tradition? Why not love, the greatest of all virtues?

However, religious profession is not an isolated case. If we observe our celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the rite is filled with our pleading for mercy. At the beginning of the Mass, after recalling our sins, we say, “Lord, have mercy” three times. In the Eucharistic prayer, we once again beg mercy that we may be coheirs of eternal life. And, before we receive the Holy Communion, we pray to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, that He may have mercy on us. Not only in the Eucharist, but an appeal for mercy is also found in the other sacraments and devotions. In the sacrament of confession, the formula of absolution begins with addressing God as the Father of Mercy. In every litany to the saints, it always commences with the plead of mercy to the Holy Trinity. Again, the question is why does it have to be mercy?

We may see the glimpse of the answer in our Gospel today. Jesus is leaving Jericho and making his final journey to Jerusalem. Then, suddenly Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, shouts to the top of his lungs, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” He was so persistent that after being rebuked by others, he shouts even louder. Upon hearing the plea of mercy, Jesus who has set his sight on Jerusalem decides to stop. Jesus simply cannot be deaf to Bartimaeus’ appeal. He cannot just ignore mercy. Yet, this is not the only episode where Jesus changes His initial plans and listens to the request for mercy. He cleanses a leper because of mercy (Mrk 1:41). Moved by mercy, He feeds the five thousand and more people (Mrk 6:30). If there is anything that can change the mind and heart of Jesus, the mind and heart of God, it is mercy.

Pope Francis echoes his predecessors, St. Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI, saying that the first and essential attribute of God is mercy. Indeed, God as being merciful is discovered in many places in the Bible (see Exo 34:6,7; Dt 4:31; Ps 62:12, etc.). That is why the name of God is mercy. It is our faith that proclaims that God cannot but be merciful. He is God who goes as far as to become human and die on the cross to embrace the wretched sinners like us.

However, what makes Bartimaeus unique is that he was the first in the Gospel of Mark to verbalize the plead for mercy to Jesus. Following the example of Bartimaeus, the Church has continued to become the beggar of God’s mercy. Like Bartimaeus, we verbalize our need for God’s mercy in our worship, our prayers, and our life. We ask mercy when life become tough and unforgiving. We cry “Mercy!” when we are tempted, we fail to please God, or so much harm has been done to ourselves and other people.  Every night before I close my eyes, I recite “Lord, have mercy!” several times, hoping that this will be a habit and my last words when I meet my Creator. We plead for mercy when knowing that we are not worthy of God, we are confident that God will change “His mind” and embrace us once again.

Br. Valentinus Bayuhadi Ruseno, OP — with Xenon Oble and Marvin Obedo

Christ-like service shows:
Concern – for the needs of others and not for one’s interests;
Compassion – that feels what others feel; and
Committed til the end in spite inconveniences, pains and sufferings. Serve as Jesus did.

Man’s worth is immeasurable, unquantifiable and immense. It’s worth the life and blood of the Son of God. God is interested in each one of us. Live a life worthy of that love. You worth more than anything. Don’t let Jesus’ death be reduced to nothing.

D Holy Spirit 4gives, teaches, protects & sanctifies. Blaspheming against IT is like driving away ur best friend or ur only ally, or taking ur own life. You’re dead! Befriend ur ally. Have eternal life.

Today is the feast day of St. Luke, the author of the gospel with his namesake. He got most of his materials from the preachings of St. Paul. Be with the company of good men. Write your own version of the gospel thru their modelling.

Fr. Ramon T. Salibay, O.P.

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