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Vol: 45, No.56 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) October 28 2018  
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face (Ps 104:3-4)
Jesus is on the final lap of his journey to Jerusalem and he reaches Jericho. On this journey Jesus is accompanied by his disciples and a multitude of others who are going for the feast of the Passover. But Jesus is not just another pilgrim. He is on a journey that will take him back to his Father. The activities that he carried out while in Jerusalem such as cursing the fig tree and cleansing the temple are symbolic of the spiritual deficiency of the Jewish people and their authorities. In this context, the healing of Bartimaeus has great signficance. In his last healing miracle, Jesus heals a man who though blind possesses great insight about God and the Messiah which the sighted people lack. Do we cry to God in times of need? (Pause)

I Confess to almighty God/and to you,/ my brothers and sisters,/ that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/ in what I have done/and in what I have failed to do,/ through my fault,/ through my fault,/ through my most grievous fault;/ therefore I ask blessed Mary ever Virgin,/ all the Angels and Saints,/ and you, my brothers and sisters,/ to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God...

Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(Jeremiah prophesies that the Lord will facilitate the return of the exiles from Babylon. Among the returnees are the blind, the lame and the women with young children).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

Thus says the Lord: “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say ‘The Lord has saved his people, the remnant of Israel.’ Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her who is in travail, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (126)
Response: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.
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