Commentary for Sunday: 24th October

Mark 10, 46-52:


Sunday, 24th October 2021 (30th OT  B)


Jesus leaves Jericho and at the side of the road there is a blind man begging for alms, and he asks him for “compassion”. Many try to silence him, but he insists. Jesus calls him and asks: “What do you want me to do for you?” “Master, that I may see,” he answers. Because of his faith he regained his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

In the face of the blindness of the Jews who insist on not recognising the Lord and the lack of understanding of the apostles, with their sights set on other goals, a poor blind man insists on calling out to Jesus. Who is more blind? The one who does not see or those who do not want to see?

We should ask ourselves if we too are like blind people sitting by the side of the road and not recognising the Master. Are there not many Christians who live a “decaffeinated” following, incapable of putting all their trust in the Master so that he be the one who gives us the light and that we may be authentic disciples?

What do I want Jesus to do for me, do I have full confidence that he can obtain it for me, and am I aware that it depends on my faith? If he were to grant it to me, what would I commit myself to? Lord Jesus, increase our faith!

Today we also celebrate World Mission Sunday, a Sunday for the propagation of the faith. Do I live it in such a way that my life is an example for others? Let us ask the Lord to give us more faith and to know how to live it in such a way that we are a light for others who do not have it.


Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf



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