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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:7­9

Resp.: Psalm 126:1­2, 2­3, 4­5, 6
2nd Reading: Hebrews 5:1­6
Gospel: Mark 10:46­52

As St Teresa said, God places desires in us that He wishes to fulfill. Bartimaeus was asking Jesus to have mercy on him. Many in the crowd rebuked him but he kept on. Finally Jesus took notice of him and called him over. The crowd changed and encouraged Bartimaeus. This is why we need to be careful of what is popular. What is popular usually is not from God.

The desire that Bartimaeus had was fulfilled by God. Jesus came to earth to undo the works of the devil. Anything that is truly good for us God approves. But there are some good things we want but God does not want us to have or do. How do we know the difference?

Prayer. Conversation with God. Seeking advice from those learned about the ways of God. God is always faithful and brings good out of whatever happens to those who love Him.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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