30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 31:7-9. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy – Psalm 125(126). Hebrews 5:1-6. Mark 10:46-52.

Go; your faith has saved you

We know the name of Bartimaeus, the blind man. It appears Bartimaeus was a memorable character, for a few reasons. Firstly, we know he’s helpless and likely homeless. Second, he’s done his research: he knows that Jesus is the Messiah in the line of David: ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Third, he most likely became a disciple known to the community of Christians – which is why the evangelist assumes his readers know of him too. We also learn something of the crowd: in their pious, unfeeling way, they tell a disabled man to shush – they don’t understand the Gospel! As usual, Jesus stands out for his compassion, which doubtless shamed the crowd into silence – Jesus asks to speak to Bartimaeus, and heals him. ‘Go your way, your faith has made you well’. The typical relieving words of Jesus – and a soul is healed as well!