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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Gospel text (Mk 10:46-52): As Jesus was leaving Jericho (...) 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." 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.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the blind Bartimaeus gives us a great lesson. He was living disregarded by everybody and he was desperate. This is why he could not stop screaming. There were many who told him to be quiet but he shouted even more. Jesus hears everything, always! but... He allowed Bartimaeus to keep on insisting more and more, while ignoring the “more cautious " people.

—A good lesson Bartimaeus gives us! Do you listen too much to what others say? Listen to God instead for He listens to you!