First Reading: Jer 31:7-9
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-6
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
“Take courage; get up. Jesus is calling you.” In today’s Gospel the blind Bartimaeus calls out “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” The crowds try to silence him. When you have tried to call out to Jesus and others criticize you, do you give up or do you continue, in faith, to cry out? We know Jesus will continue to say, “take courage.” Let us remember to call to him and take courage and ask for what we need. Our faith in Jesus will save us.
Jesus, son of David, have pity on me. Not just when I am needy, but in all circumstances of my life. Give me the courage to refuse to be silenced by others out of human respect. Help me to throw away my cloak of pride, spring up, and come to you.
S. Therese Wente, OSF