Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 149B
Read: Mark 10:46-52

Gospel Summary
The blind Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus, acknowledging him as Son of David and Master. Jesus heard his cries and asked Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus wanted to see, and Jesus healed him.

Reflection for Parents
Take a few minutes for quiet prayer and reflection today. Imagine Jesus asking you the question, “What do you want me to do for you?” As a person of faith, as a parent, as a spouse, as a daughter or son, as a worker, what would you ask of Jesus today? Tell him what is on your heart. Remain in the silence and listen to him speak words of healing and wisdom to you.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Take a few moments to invite family members to talk about all the things Jesus has done for them and for your family. Then ask family members what they would say if Jesus came up to them today and asked them, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Think about your responses as a family too. If Jesus came to your home today and asked you, “What do you want me to do for your family?” how would you answer him? Turn these responses into prayers of petition, such as, “Jesus, make our home a place of peace.” Invite family members to respond, “Jesus, we believe in you.”

Discussion Starters

  1. Something I’ve been praying for for a long time is . . .
  2. Something I want Jesus to do for someone else is . . .
  3. A time when faith saved me was when . . .