Mark 10:46-52 Reflection – Mercy and Compassion

Reflection on Mark 10:46-52

There is a curious dilemma of how to react when you proclaim the Word and hear a disturbance such as baby crying. I just imagine Jesus mercifully blessing the distraction and instantly become grateful that the family with the baby felt strong enough in their faith to come to Mass. My mind stills and I proclaim with even greater conviction. Shouldn’t the measure of how much “God” is in our heart be silent self-identification of fruit such as mercy and compassion.  

The Healed Blind Man Tells His StoryThe Healed Blind Man Tells His Story, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Mark 10 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus

46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 10:46-52.