The oft quoted writer, Helen Keller writes: “The greatest calamity that can befall people, is not that they should be born blind, but that they should have eyes yet fail to see”

This Sunday St Mark tells us about Bartimeaus, a blind man and a beggar. Though Bartimaeus was blind to many things, he could not physically see, he clearly saw who Jesus was.

Seeing “who Jesus is” is the goal of faith, and it leads to discipleship. At the end of the story, Bartimaeus regained his sight and followed Jesus on the way.

Bartimeaus teaches us about disability, the challenge of overcoming what separates us from others, the importance of perseverance when voices – internal and external – shout us down and how spiritual insight also lays responsibility on us.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as her reflects on the Scriptures for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time….

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52.

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