This week’s Gospel message for Sunday, October 24th is from Mark 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’. . . 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.”
“The blind man, seeing who Jesus truly is, asks to be made whole, exactly what Jesus can and will give. Bartimaeus’s physical sight was impaired, but his spiritual sight was clear. Even before Jesus cured him he threw away his cloak—essential for his occupation—and immediately after he was cured he left his former way of life behind to follow Jesus. May we be blessed with his courage.” SOURCE: Pastoral Patterns, Autumn 2021
DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
Monday Romans 8:12-17; Luke 13:1-17
Tuesday Romans 8:18-25; Luke 13:18-21
Wednesday Romans 8:26-30; Luke 13:22-30
Thursday Eph 2:19-22; Luke 6:12-16
Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles (Feast) – “Since there are two apostles named Simon and two named Judas, to distinguish them from Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot these two are identified as Simon the Zealot and Judas the son (or the brother) of James. Simon is surnamed the Canaanite or the Zealot, a name that probably alludes to a real association, or at least sympathy, with the Zealot movement that desired a revolutionary overthrow of the occupying Roman authority. Jude (Judas) is also called Thaddeus. According to tradition, both suffered martyrdom, and Jude became a patron saint of hopeless cases.
Friday Romans 9:1-5; Luke 14:1-6
Saturday Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Luke 14:1, 7-11
SOURCE: Living With Christ, October 2021