October 29, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
Next invite the children to turn their stars over, write their own names on top and list all the talents that they have which help to bring light into the world. Discuss:
All God’s children are called to share their talents with others. When we live as children of God we brighten our world. Through baptism every Christian is called to be a shining star and reflect God’s love.
Listening to the Word of God
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel today Jesus cures a blind man who calls for help. Listen to what this reading tells us about hearing Jesus’ call.
• Why did Bartimaeus call out to Jesus?
In the first reading we hear the joyful announcement that God’s people are saved. The people can shout for joy and give praise to God because—along with the blind and the lame—they will be gathered together. We learn that God will console and guide the people of Israel, and lead them to streams of water. Because the reading from Jeremiah refers to God gathering in the blind, it relates to today’s gospel story. Also this reading refers to God leading the people to brooks of water which relates to baptism and the water of life.
The gospel story of Jesus curing Bartimaeus of his blindness tells us about the call to follow Jesus. Bartimaeus is blind yet he calls out to Jesus, “Son of David”. This title for Jesus implies that although Bartimaeus is blind, he “sees” Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus stops and says to his disciples, “call him.” When Bartimaeus hears the call of Jesus he leaps toward him. Bartimaeus asks Jesus to heal his blindness. Jesus sends Bartimaeus on his way saying that his faith has healed him. After meeting Jesus, there is no turning back. The only choice for Bartimaeus is to follow Jesus.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
(If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed tot he Gospel in Life.)
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
The ordained priesthood of bishops and priests is not the same as the common priesthood. Rather, they are at the service of the common priesthood of all believers. Jesus Christ is the source of all ministries in the Church.
• What do you remember about your baptism?
The Gospel in Life
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