October 29, 2006
Junior High Session
Opening Life Reflection
We all know or have heard of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. Discuss:
Our baptism in Christ calls us to do extraordinary things. We are called to holiness. Sometimes when we think of holiness we imagine having to be faultless. However the call to holiness is lived out in ordinary ways such as when we remain true to a friend, or when we stand up for something we believe. Living out the call to holiness is not always easy, but the Holy Spirit gives us the courage we need to do extraordinary things and make God’s love a reality in the world.
Listening to the Word of God
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel today Jesus cures a blind man. Listen to the call of Jesus.
Read Mark 10:46-52.
• Why did the blind man call out to Jesus?
In the first reading a joyful announcement is made that God’s people are delivered. The people can shout for joy and give praise to God because—along with the blind and the lame—they will be gathered from all ends of the earth. We learn that God will console and guide the people of Israel, leading them to streams of water. Because this reading from Jeremiah refers to God gathering in the blind, it relates to today’s gospel story of the cure of blind Bartimaeus. Also the first reading refers to God leading the people to brooks of water which relates to baptism and the water of life.
The gospel story of the cure of Bartimaeus alludes to the call to discipleship. 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 him of his blindness. Jesus sends Bartimaeus on his way saying that his faith has healed him.
Jesus calls Bartimaeus to see. With his gift of sight Bartimaeus recognizes Jesus for who he really is. After hearing Jesus’ call, there is no turning back. The only choice for Bartimaeus is to follow Jesus on the way.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
(If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.)
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
The ordained priesthood of bishops and priests is not the same as the common priesthood. Rather, it is at the service of the common priesthood of all believers. Jesus Christ is the source of all ministries in the Church.
• Recall your baptism. How do you live out your baptismal call today?
The Gospel in Life
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