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'What do you want me to do for you?' Sunday Reflections, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Christ Healing the Blind, Nicolas Colombel,1682 [Web Gallery]

Gospel Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV, CatholicEdition, Can)

They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
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Fr John Burger is an American Columban served as a member of the Colu…

Beware! Blind Spot Ahead

Behind wheels, one of the most dangerous spots on the road is the blind spot. One needs to accept that one cannot see ahead and throw caution to the winds. So it is with a personal spirituality.
Read on at http://silpapaul.blogspot.com/2014/06/beware-blind-spot-ahead.html

'Surely we are not blind, are we?' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Lent Year A

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Blind Pensioner with a Stick, Van Gogh, November 1882 [Web Gallery of Art]
Readings (New American Bible: Philippines,USA)                                   Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel John 9:1-41 [or John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38] (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada) [Shorter form of the Gospel: omit what is in square brackets]
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
[His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.Wemust work the works of him who sent mewhile it is day; night is coming when no one can work.As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”]
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes,saying to …

'What do you want me to do for you?' Sunday Reflections. 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

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Christ healing the Blind ManEustache Le Sueur 
[Web Gallery of Art]


Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) 
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Gospel Mark 10:46-52 (Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition)
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, 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; rise, he is calling you." And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the bli…