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Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (2013)

Psalm 56:4In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Prayer ...
O Eternal God, thank you that your are more stable than the ground on which we stand, more enduring than the mountain peaks we admire, and more constant than the waves upon the oceans that we love. We trust our life and our future and soul with you. We want to please you in the way we live. We want our life to be marked by consistent faithfulness to you. In the name of Infant Jesus we ask this prayer. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (May 30, 2013)
Day: Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Sir 42:15-25
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
Lectionary: 350
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
46And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae'us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae'us, was sitting by the roadside. 47 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!" 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; rise, he is calling you." 50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Master, let me receive my sight." 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The blind man was determined to get Jesus' notice and he was persistent in the face of opposition. Jesus could have unnoticed or rebuffed him because he was worrying his talk and his audience. Jesus showed that acting was more important than talking. This man was in anxious need and Jesus was ready, not only to understand with his suffering, but to relieve it as well. A great speaker can command awareness and respect, but a man or woman with a helping hand and a big heart is loved more. Jesus commends Bartimaeus for recognizing who he is with the eyes of faith and grants him physical sight as well. Do we distinguish your need for God's healing grace and do you seek Jesus out, like Bartimaeus, with persistent faith and trust in his decency and mercy? Loving Infant Jesus, may we never fail to recognize our need for your grace. Help us to take advantage of the opportunities you give us to seek your presence daily and to listen attentively to your word.


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