30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Courage ... Get up! Jesus is calling you!
Almighty ever-living God,
increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command,
so that we may merit what you promise.
Our readings this week tell of how God, our loving Father, yearns to save us and restore us. He never abandons us. Just as he restored an exiled people to their homeland, he restores sight and clarity of vision to courageous Bartimaeus.
The First Reading conveys the joy of the returning exiles as they are restored to their land. As the Lord gathers his people from far and wide, he cares for and consoles the most vulnerable: the blind, the weak, mothers giving birth; guiding them to restoring streams.
The Psalm also celebrates God’s marvellous delivery of his people from bondage. Tears are replaced by songs of joy and gladness. Now God’s people can look confidently towards a joyful harvest.
The Second Reading presents Jesus as our compassionate high priest, chosen directly by God. In his priestly role he offers himself as the sacrifice, restoring us as sons and daughters of God.
In the Gospel, blind Bartimaeus irks the crowd with his loud shouting until Jesus calls him. He then has courage to leap up and cast off his cloak, telling Jesus what he wants and needs. He, too, is restored and brought home, following Jesus in the new light of his faith.
This week we might ask: What needs restoring in my life?
Where do I need to take courage and respond to God’s call to me?
Let’s pray for ourselves and for one another, asking the Lord to help us hear his call clearly, as we go about our daily lives. May he give us the courage to respond joyfully and to encourage those around us.