“Bartimaeus is cured and follows Jesus”
In today’s Gospel Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem with his disciples who are in state of fear. Three times he has told them that he is going to die there but they did not really understand him. At Jericho just before entering Jerusalem, Jesus meets Bartimaeus, a blind man, who, in spite of the crowd, makes his way to Jesus. When he is cured of his blindness he sees and without hesitation decides to follow Jesus along the road to Jerusalem and to be with him in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
“To be a disciple is to serve others”
As Jesus and his disciples approach Jerusalem, Jesus reminds them for the third time that he will suffer, die and rise from the dead. As with the two previous announcements, the disciples fail to understand his teaching and Jesus has to challenge them again. John and James show how much they misunderstand Jesus when they ask for the places of honor in his kingdom. Once more Jesus has to teach them and all those who want to become his followers that to be his disciple is to become servants and even slaves to all, following his own example of total self-giving.
“Following Jesus whole heartedly”
Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem where he will suffer, die and rise from the dead. The disciples follow him without fully understanding how they are to behave. In today’s Gospel a man comes to Jesus and says he wants to follow him. He has been obedient to the Law of Moses since his childhood. Jesus challenges him to go beyond observation of the law, make a serious commitment to God by giving up his riches and following him. This is too much for the man and he goes away sad. When riches are a hindrance to entering the kingdom of God they must be gotten rid of.
100 Club Raffle Tickets available for purchase after each Mass in Rosary Hall. For $25 per ticket you can win $75 for first place and $25 for second. Drawing monthly and you can win multiple times throughout the year. Proceeds go to help fund Knights of Columbus charities . Please get your ticket(s) now.
Are you interested in experiences that will help further your exploration and learning of your Catholic faith? The Our Lady of the Rosary Resource Center can support you on your journey. The Case for Jesus, Understanding the Mass, Pope Francis: A Living Legacy. 1001 Reasons Why It’s Great to be Catholic. These are just some of the titles of the over 100 resources that are going to be housed in the Resource Center and available for check out. There will also be Spanish resources and resources for teens.
The grand opening of the Resource Center will take place after all masses on 10/13/18 and 10/14/18. Please take the time to come delve into all that is available…and did I mention that these resources are free for you to come and check out. Wine, soda, cheese and crackers will be available after the Saturday evening mass. Coffee, juice and doughnuts will be available after the Sunday morning masses. We look forward to seeing you at the grand opening.
-Our Lady of the Rosary Resource Center Committee
“Marriage is for life”
The Gospel of today challenge our vision of marriage. Religious leaders are often presented in the Gospel of Mark as putting Jesus to the test in order to trap him and accuse him of some crime on religious grounds (Mk 7:5; 8:11). Today’s trap is about divorce. The law of Moses permits it. Jesus forbids it. The disciples, as is often the case in Mark, do not understand Jesus’ position very well and have to be taught. Part of their formation is to become like little children so that they might share fully God’s life.