Roc Homily – Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary Time

“The Two Ways – Part 2” – The 9:00 am community at Gesu celebrated the baptism of a 7 week old boy, Jack. I held the little guy during the homily and spoke to him, having invited the congregation to listen in. Here’s a summary:

The Wisdom Tradition grounds the basic gospel message of Jesus as a call from foolishness to wisdom.  Mark uses the word, thelo, “to wish, want, desire,” again here in Jesus’ address to Bartimaeus, “What do you wish me to do?”  John & James wanted to be recognized as great as did the scribes & Pharisees, and hide from personal vulnerability.  Jesus calls them from that path by his words, “whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all…” This week, Bartimaeus’ request to see put him not only on the path toward wisdom, but on the way of discipleship following Jesus.

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Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time  

Homily by Roc O’Connor, SJ, associate pastor of the Church of the Gesu  (October 25, 2015)

Mark 10:35-45  Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”  Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”  Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.


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