MERCY IS PERSONAL
Notice what happens in today’s Gospel: Jesus is with his disciples in a crowd. A beggar cries out to him, but not just any beggar: he has a name – Bartimaeus, Son of Timaeus.
Likewise, this beggar doesn’t just cry help to anyone on the street. He too recognizes and addresses Jesus by name.
As a result, Bartimaeus was healed – his faith in Jesus saved him. And from this story, we learn that mercy has a name.
In fact, you might say this is one of the great lessons of the Gospel – for Jesus continually challenged followers of the law to realize that while it was (and is) important – it alone will not save you. We are saved by a relationship – a belief in the saving power of Christ.
CLICK HERE for the readings for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52)