October 29, 2006
Catechist Background and Preparation
Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Was there a particular reading which appealed to you? Was there a word or image that engaged you?
Read the Word in Liturgy and Catholic Doctrine sections. These give you background on what you will be doing this session. Read over the session outline and make it your own. Check to see what materials you will need for the session.
The Word in Liturgy
The story of Bartimaeus’s cure is strategically placed in the plan of Mark’s gospel. Just before he enters Jerusalem, Jesus cures the blindness of one who has already “recognized” him, as Bartimaeus’s use of the messianic title “Son of David” shows. Suggestive of the response that every disciple should have, Bartimaeus then “followed him on the way” to Jerusalem, that is, to his suffering, death, and glorious resurrection.
The ministerial, or ordained, priesthood of bishops and priests, while related to the common priesthood, is not the same. It is at the service of the common priesthood of all believers. Its purpose is to assist in the unfolding of baptismal grace of all Christians, by means of which Christ continues to build up and lead the Church. Given this distinct purpose, the ministerial priesthood is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of holy orders.
Christ, the one high priest who lovingly offered himself to God the Father, is the source and font of every ministry in the Church. He gives authority, mission, orientation, and goal to the Church.