Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Son of David, have pity on me.

The story of Bartimaeus’ healing is a story of model discipleship. The blind man sees more clearly than most that Jesus is the Messiah ‘Son of David’. His act of faith, by throwing off his cloak he is expecting to be healed, is matched by Jesus’ response: his faith has saved him. Not only does he have his sight back, but now he has become a follower of Jesus.

The prayer of Bartimaeus has been used in Christian tradition as the ‘Jesus Prayer’: Jesus, Son of the Living God, have pity on me, a sinner. The faithful repetition of this prayer can help us all to be better disciples of Jesus.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.


They had left in tears, I will comfort them as I lead them back; I will guide them to streams of water, by a smooth path where they will not stumble. For I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born son.  (Jeremiah: 31:9)

  • When have you been in tears?
  • What comfort have you had from the Lord?
  • Reflect on the Lord’s concern that the people don’t stumble.
  • Listen in your heart to the comforting words of the Lord.



When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like a dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lips there were songs. (Psalm 125:1-2)

  • Have you ever had the experienced of being liberated?
  • When is your mouth filled with laughter?
  • What makes you sing?
  • Listen in your heart to the Lord who delivers you.



Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. (Hebrews 5:1-2)

  • What do you know of the limitations of weakness?
  • What gifts do you offer to God?
  • When have you felt ignorant or uncertain?
  • Listen in your heart to the Lord who sympathises with you.



As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me’. (Mark 10:46-47)

  • What do you normally think when you see a beggar?
  • What is the significance of the title ‘Son of David’?
  • Make Bartimaeus’ words your own.
  • Listen in your heart for Jesus reply to your cry for pity.



And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, be he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here’. (Mark 10:48-49)

  • Who tries to silence you and who do you try to silence?
  • What do you want Jesus to take pity on in your life?
  • Again make Bartimaeus’ prayer your own.
  • Listen in your heart for Jesus invitation to come to him.



So they called the blind man. ‘Courage’, they said ‘get up; for he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’  (Mark 10:49-51)

  • What do you need courage for?
  • Spend some time with Jesus’ question, consider your answer.
  • What do you need to throw off?
  • Listen in your heart to Jesus question, ‘what do you want?’



‘Rabbuni’, the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road. (Mark 10:51-52)

  • What blindness do you suffer from?
  • Reflect on Jesus words ‘your faith has saved you’.
  • How do you follow the Lord?
  • Listen in your heart to Jesus healing words.

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