'We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard.' Sunday Reflections, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B


Christ Healing the Blind (detail)
Lucas van Leyden [Web Gallery of Art]

Behold, I will bring them from the north country and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind . . .  (Jeremiah 31:8; First Reading).

World Mission Sunday

Readings (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland)

Readings (New American Bible: Philippines, USA)

Gospel Mark 10:46-52 (English Standard Version Anglicised: India)

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

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Christ Healing the Blind
Nicolas Colombel [Web Gallery of Art]

World Mission Sunday is observed on the second-last Sunday in October. This year's theme is We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20).

Bartimaeus, the blind beggar in today's gospel, is an example of someone who cannot but speak about what he has heard, though not seen. He proclaims to the crowd who Jesus is: And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 


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