October 28, 2018 by Juanita Harding, Notre Dame Associate
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark, 10:46-52
In today’s gospel the word “call” is used several times. The blind man, Bartimaeus, calls out to Jesus saying, “Jesus, son of David have pity on me.” The crowd tells the blind man to be silent, but he calls out all the more, “Jesus, 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?” “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and chose to follow Jesus on the way.
I asked myself, do I listen for God’s call? I call on Him through prayer, prayers for guidance, for help in many ways. But, do I truly listen for His call to me? What is He calling me to do?
My prayer today is for Him to open my eyes to the needs of others, and to open my ears to His call to serve in all ways possible.
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
This Sunday’s gospel is one of those gospels that turns life upside down. Here we have two apostles seeking the “prized places” in heaven for being faithful followers. That’s probably what most people would want—some fame, glory and honor for the good they’ve done. However, when engaging in conversation with Jesus, James and John find out that power, fame and glory are certainly not a concern with Jesus. Jesus’ life is about service and sacrificing one’s life for others. That must have certainly upset and jarred their view of following Jesus.
It seems the gospel call of this week challenges us to upset some of the values strongly promoted in our society – values such as having power or control, being the best or greatest, acquiring more and more wealth or influence. One may need to take time to examine these. Questions one might ponder:
Reflection for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time…October 14, 2018 by Kathy Schinker, Notre Dame Associate
What a rich selection of readings. First to seek and to be given wisdom reminds me of the Serenity Prayer asking for serenity in acceptance, courage, and wisdom.
In the second reading, it is very clear that we are “naked and exposed” to the eyes of God to whom we must render an account.
Then we are reminded in the gospel that choices have consequences. I don’t want to go “away” sad because I won’t share. We may not have material wealth but we are asked to give what we have. Was the rich man afraid of giving all his wealth away? Do I have the same fear? We are being invited by Jesus to deeply believe that “all things are possible for God”. I pray for the wisdom and generosity to be able to share all my “riches”, large or small with others in loving service.
by Cathy ( Notre Dame Associate) & Gary Leak
We all have the same origin … our Lord God. God created Adam then Eve because God knew that man was incomplete. Eve came from Adam showing us how close man and women should be. They are to cling to one another, be fruitful and multiply. Their children are gifts from God and from each other. God welcomed children into His arms and said that we all must walk in His ways and accept the Kingdom of God with the dependence and obedience on God as a child would.
To make all this possible God sent His only Son to us as an infant and then into adulthood in order to live a genuine human life like ours. He then experienced suffering and death for us so that we can achieve salvation and return to God. This is Jesus gift of salvation for us.
So how grateful or blessed are you for your life? Your spouse? Your children? Salvation?
We can achieve salvation by following His ways, and loving one another as He loves us.