October 24, 2021
Today we celebrate the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. This weekend we hear of a blind man named Bartimaeus who comes to Jesus to beg Him for his sight. In our first reading from the prophet Jeremiah, we have the prophecy of God delivering His people, bringing them back home. In the passage we read we hear, “I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst…” Blindness, or any infirmity, in the says of Jesus would render a person totally dependent on others. When Bartimaeus hears Jesus was passing through Jericho he began to cry out saying, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” While others tried to quiet him, Bartimaeus was not going to miss this opportunity to regain his sight and cries out all the louder. Jesus stops and asks him to come then asks him the question, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus knew what he wanted and begs, “Master, I want to see.” He has tremendous faith and is rewarded. Do we know what we want or need Jesus to do for us? Do we dare cry out to Him or are we oftentimes being quieted by others or perhaps a feeling we’re not worthy to ask? The God of Israel was a God who did great things time and time again for His people. Jesus, God incarnate, came to do the same and reveal that God was in their midst. Jesus still waits for us to come to Him with our needs. My take away from today’s Gospel is that we need to come to Jesus with the faith of Bartimaeus.
There are just 4 more Sundays before we come to the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year. Our final Sunday this year is November 21st when we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. As the season changes from the warmth of summer and the beauty of Autumn to trees losing their leaves and the weather turning colder, the Church prepares to end one year and begin a new one with Advent. The new year gives us a new opportunity to celebrate and relive the great events of our salvation. Advent is the beginning of the year calling us to prepare our hearts to welcome Christ with joy.
Hopefully, you are beginning to understand the magnitude of the task ahead of our local Church as we strategically plan for the future. I am certainly being asked many questions that I have to honestly say I don’t know the answers to. As I outlined in last week’s bulletin, the planning process will be quite involved and take several years, with opportunities for feedback from all parishes and parishioners. This past week all pastors were sent a request to form a Parish Key Leadership Team in their parish who will coordinate the ‘All Things New” process in their parishes over the next two years. I have begun praying and reflecting on who I believe will be best for this important work as we move forward. By the middle of November all parishes are to have their teams in place and one parishioner designated as the Key Contact person who will coordinate the timely completion of information and data requested by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. Please pray to the Holy Spirit that I receive the guidance to choose wisely, and that these men and women will work well to ensure St. Luke’s participates fully in the process.
Finally today, to clear up some confusion that may arise regarding the upcoming Holy Day on November 1st, All Saints. If a Holy Day falls on a Saturday or a Monday, it is NOT a Holy of Obligation and the faithful are dispensed from attending Mass. Since All Saints this year falls on a Monday, it will NOT be a Holy Day of Obligation. All Souls, November 2nd is on Tuesday and we will commemorate all the faithful departed at our 8:00am Mass. Our special tradition of a Mass of Remembrance will be held at the 10:00am Mass on November 7th. At this mass we will remember all our parishioners who died this past year with a memorial candle and mention of their names at Mass.
God Bless! Have a great week!
Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.