30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B Sunday Connection

Sunday Connection

Sunday Connection

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Readings & Background


This Sunday’s Readings


First Reading
Jeremiah 31:7-9
The Lord declares himself to be the Father of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6
A song of praise to God who does great things

Second Reading
Hebrews 5:1-6
Christ was made high priest by God.

Gospel Reading
Mark 10:46-52
Jesus restores sight to the blind man, Bartimaeus

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today we continue to read from Mark’s Gospel. In this Gospel, we find evidence of Jesu’ fame in the sizable crowd that accompanies him as he journeys to Jerusalem. Jesus’ reputation as a healer has preceded him. When the blind man, Bartimaeus, hears that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, he calls out to him, asking for his pity.

When Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, the crowd around him tries to silence him. Yet Bartimaeus persists, calling out more loudly and with greater urgency. He will not be silenced or deterred from getting Jesus’ attention. We notice how quickly the crowd’s reaction changes when Jesus calls for Bartimaeus. Those who sought to quiet him now encourage him.

When Jesus restores Bartimaeus’s sight, no elaborate action is required. (In other healing stories in Mark’s Gospel, actions accompany Jesus’ words). In this instance, Jesus simply says that Bartimaeus’s faith has saved him. Throughout Mark’s Gospel, the success of Jesus’ healing power has often been correlated with the faith of the person requesting Jesus’ help. For example, it is because of her faith that the woman with the hemorrhage is healed. When faith is absent, Jesus is unable to heal; we see this after his rejection in Nazareth.

Once his sight has been restored, Bartimaeus follows Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. In Mark’s Gospel, Bartimaeus is the last disciple called by Jesus before he enters Jerusalem. Bartimaeus hears that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, but he calls out to Jesus using words of faith—“Son of David.” Many in Jesus’ time believed that the anticipated Jewish Messiah would be a descendent of King David. Bartimaeus’s words prepare us for the final episodes of Mark’s Gospel, which begin with Jesus’ preparation for the Passover and his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. As Mark has shown us in our readings over the past few Sundays, however, Jesus will be the Messiah in a way that will be difficult for many to accept. Jesus will show himself to be the Messiah through his suffering and death.

Grades 1-3


Gospel Reading
Mark 10:46-52
Jesus restores sight to the blind man, Bartimaeus


Making the Connection (Grades 1, 2, and 3)

Young children are eager to explore and learn new things, but they also require a stable and consistent “home base” to which to return. Knowing that Jesus loves and watches over them always is comforting to young children.

Materials Needed

  • Write Words, Actions, and Prayers on the board or on a poster board and find an image to accompany each word.

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings

  1. Guide children’s attention to the board or poster. There are so many ways that our friends and family show us that they love and care for us. They show us with their words, their actions, and their prayers. What are some words that people say that show they love and care for us? (Accept all reasonable responses. Write children’s ideas on the board or poster.) What are some actions that show love? When do people pray to show their love for others?
  2. Say: We can read in the Bible all the ways that Jesus showed us he loves and cares for us and is always with us. One of the ways that Jesus taught us about his love was by performing healing miracles. The Gospel this week tells about one of these miracles. Let’s read about it.
  3. Read Mark 10:46–52.
  4. Ask: What did Bartimaeus tell Jesus he wanted? (He wanted to see.) Say: Jesus responded by performing a miracle. Ask: What miracle did Jesus perform? (He gave Bartimaeus his sight.)
  5. Say: Bartimaeus knew that Jesus was the Son of God. He had faith that Jesus could heal him. He showed his faith by continuing to ask Jesus to help him, even when the crowd told him to step back. Jesus saw that Bartimaeus had faith. He healed Bartimaeus to show him how big God’s love is. God loves us, too. Jesus is always with us. We can trust his love.
  6. Close by praying a prayer of thanks for the many ways Jesus shows us that he loves us. Ask Jesus to help you remember his love and to have faith in him in good times and hard times. Close by praying the Sign of the Cross.

Grades 4-6


Gospel Reading
Mark 10:46-52
Jesus restores sight to the blind man, Bartimaeus


Making the Connection (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

Children can be very persistent in making their requests known to family members. We can help them see that the same kind of persistence is needed in our prayer.

Materials Needed

  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings

  1. Ask: What have you asked your parents to do for you this week? (to buy a particular food at the grocery store, to help you with your homework, for permission to go to a friend’s house, and so on) If their first answer to you was no, did you ask again? Why or why not? (Accept all reasonable answers.) Sometimes we ask again, even when the answer is no. Why? (because asking works, because we know that our parents care about us and want to make us happy, and so on)

  2. Say: We can be very persistent with our parents, especially when we want something from them. We do this because we know how much our parents love us and they want us to be happy. In today’s Gospel, we hear how a blind man’s persistence in asking Jesus for help was rewarded.

  3. Invite one or more volunteers to read today’s Gospel, Mark 10:46-52.

  4. Ask: What does Bartimaeus do when he hears that Jesus was passing by? (He calls out, asking Jesus to have pity on him.) Why must he be persistent in calling out to Jesus? (Some people in the crowd are telling him to be quiet.) What does Bartimaeus do? (He calls out to Jesus all the more.) When Jesus stops and calls for him, what does Jesus do and say? (He restores Bartimaeus’s sight; Jesus tells Bartimaeus that his faith has saved him.)

  5. Say: Bartimaeus continues to call out to Jesus because he believes that Jesus will heal him. Jesus’ words to Bartimaeus tell us that our persistence in prayer is a sign of our faith that God wants to save us.

  6. Ask: What do you think this might teach us about prayer? (We should be persistent in our prayer, continuing to bring our needs to God; we should pray with confidence, trusting that God wants to help us.)

  7. Conclude by praying together prayers of petition. Invite each person to present a prayer aloud; all respond, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on us.” Conclude with the Glory Be to the Father.

Grades 7-8


Gospel Reading
Mark 10:46-52
Jesus restores sight to the blind man, Bartimaeus


Making the Connection (Grades 7 and 8)

Young people have learned the value of persistence when making their requests known to their families. We can help them see that the same kind of persistence is needed in our prayer to God.

Materials Needed

  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings

  1. Ask: What is something you might ask your parents to do for you? (to drive you to a dance or sporting event, permission to meet your friends, and so on) When you want your parents to help you in these ways, how many times do you ask? (Accept all reasonable answers.) If the first answer is no, do you ask again? Why or why not? (Accept all reasonable answers.) Why do we keep asking? (because asking works, because we know that our parents care about us and want to make us happy, and so on)

  2. Say: We can be very persistent with our parents, especially when we want them to do something for us. We continue to ask because we know how much our parents love us and they want us to be happy. In today’s Gospel, we hear how a blind man’s persistence in asking Jesus for help was rewarded.

  3. Invite one or more volunteers to read today’s Gospel, Mark 10:46-52.

  4. Ask: What does Bartimaeus do when he hears that Jesus was passing by? (He calls out, asking Jesus to have pity on him.) Why must he be persistent in calling out to Jesus? (Some people in the crowd are telling him to be quiet.) What does Bartimaeus do? (He calls out to Jesus all the more.) When Jesus stops and calls for him, what does Jesus do and say? (He restores Bartimaeus’s sight; Jesus tells Bartimaeus that his faith has saved him.)

  5. Say: Bartimaeus continues to call out to Jesus because he believes that Jesus will heal him. Jesus' words to Bartimaeus tell us that our persistence in prayer is a sign of our faith that God wants to save us.

  6. Ask: What do you think this might teach us about prayer? (We should be persistent in our prayer, continuing to bring our needs to God; we should pray with confidence, trusting that God wants to help us.)

  7. Conclude by praying together prayers of petition. Invite each person to present a prayer aloud; all respond, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on us.” Conclude with the Glory Be to the Father.

Family


Gospel Reading
Mark 10:46-52
Jesus restores sight to the blind man, Bartimaeus


Family Connection

Today’s Gospel offers us a powerful example of faith and persistence in prayer. Those around him rebuked Bartimaeus for his efforts to attract Jesus’ attention. When silenced by the crowd, however, Bartimaeus called out all the more. He is persistent and bold in his confidence that Jesus will show mercy on him and do what he asks. His persistence and great confidence that Jesus would help him reminds us of the confidence with which our children bring to us their needs. In their faith and trust we can find an example of the attitude with which we might approach God in prayer.

As a family, recall a request that has been made repeatedly by one family member to another. Talk about why the request continues to be made if the answer continues to be no. Then read together today’s Gospel, Mark 10:46-52. After reading the Gospel, pose questions such as these to your family: Why must Bartimaeus be persistent in calling out to Jesus? (Some people in the crowd are telling him to be quiet.) What does Bartimaeus do when some try to stop him? (He calls out to Jesus all the more.) When Jesus stops and calls for him, what does Jesus do and say? (He restores Bartimaeus’s sight; Jesus tells Bartimaeus his faith has saved him.) When we pray, God wants us to be so confident he will help us that we don’t permit anyone to keep us from bringing our needs to God in prayer. Invite family members to identify the things they need most from God. Pray these prayers of petition together as a family, confident that God will hear and answer your prayers. Respond to each petition, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on us.” Conclude by praying the Glory Be to the Father.