Theme: What Discipleship Entails
The prophesy of Jeremiah we heard in the first reading concerned the long-awaited homecoming of the people of Israel from their exile in Babylon. Jeremiah invites his people to shout with joy and never lose trust in God because one day God will heal the wounds of his people. Those who departed in tears, among whom there are the weak, lame, mothers with child, and blind, God will bring them back to Jerusalem, their homeland. This prophesy is accomplished by Jesus. The author of our second reading states that Jesus is the high priest appointed by God, to sacrifice his life for the forgiveness of our sins. This is what the today’s Gospel refers to. The journey of Jesus with his disciples from Galilee to Jerusalem, which the evangelist Mark depicts as the “way” of the cross, gets to the end. They are about to enter Jerusalem where Jesus as a high priest will sacrifice his life so to accomplish what are said in the first and second readings of this Sunday. Mark relates the story of the healing of a blind man in this Gospel to open the spiritual eyes of his followers and ours too, to “see” with faith his passion, death, and resurrection that are going to happen in Jerusalem. The story also teaches us what discipleship entails.
First, discipleship entails a determination and perseverance in our faith. The blind man started to cry out to make his dream of encountering Jesus happen. Despite all the blockages that he endured in his project (the distance between him and Jesus because of his ... READ MORE
Theme: To Be a Disciple of Jesus is to Be the Servant and the Last of All
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus predicted his passion, death, and resurrection in three different occasions in order to prepare his disciples for what would happen to him as they were heading to Jerusalem. We heard the first prediction in the Gospel of Sunday September 12th (Mark 8: 27-35), and the second one in the Gospel of Sunday September 19th (Mark 9: 30-37). The Gospel of today is the story of the third prediction. As I mentioned on Sunday September 12th, each prediction section contains three parts: the first is the prediction of Jesus’s passion; the second is the reaction of the disciples to that prediction; and the last is the teaching of Jesus based on their reaction.
Indeed, the first part of the story (MK 10: 32-34) is omitted from the Gospel passage of this Sunday. This is the part when Jesus announces to his disciples for the third and last time that he must suffer, die, and on the third day he will rise (Mark 10: 33). This prediction is the most important moment of Jesus. The time to fulfill his mission by shedding his blood has come. He shares his sorrow with ... READ MORE
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